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Queen Anna of Vittmark visits Anisora
01-20-2019, 07:27 PM
Post: #1
Queen Anna of Vittmark visits Anisora
This storyline is a bit overdue! It follows the state visit of Queen Anna of Vittmark to Anisora back in 7576. The thread is a co-production of Pep and myself.


Prologue

The small Vittmarker airship VFS-P, sailing under the name “Kung Karl”, was approaching a relatively small airfield in the outskirts of Pena. Landing was smooth, the ceremony afterwards as good as non-existing. Queen Anna was welcomed by the Vittmarker ambassador Arlöf Gertson Holsman av Träskogen. The entire official company, also consisting of her husband Palne Kristersson, their two children Iduna and Asvard and the foreign minister Iohann Persson Ödebo were quickly taken to the quayside of a military facility. A small passenger vessel was waiting there to take the royal visitors to the official welcoming site at the port of Pena.

A royal reception

“And there it finally appears, the small but elegant steamer bringing the royal family from Vittmark to Anisoran shores. The people gathered in the port have been looking forward to this moment, to catch a glimpse of the royal visitors on their first state visit to Anisora. As is tradition over here, foreign guests are preferably welcomed right in the heart of Anisoran culture: the exact place where so many ships have set sail and so many vessels have anchored, connecting the Empire with the rest of Gotha. And so the ship docks in the port of Redagno, a stone's throw away from the imperial capital Pena.”

The commentator of the newsreel that would be sent out to all corners of Anisora preferred to get his remarks recorded when the events took place. He might have to redo all the comments, but then he had set a benchmark that echoed the spontaneous response of when events evolved.

“The red carpet has now been rolled out and the harbour master has the honour of boarding the vessel and welcoming the guests. He will only address the ambassador, Holsman av Träskogen, and leave the official welcome to their August Imperial Majesties, Emperor Marius and Empress Avrona. There we have the ambassador and harbour master, this is the sign that the royal visitors will soon disembark.”

Queen Anna and Palne Kristersson waited halfway along the bridge leading from the vessel to the quay. Protocol stated that 21 gun shots would have to be fired as a welcoming salute to a foreign head of state. Only then would the royal visitors set foot on Anisoran soil.

“And after this salute by the heavy naval guns aboard the battleship IAN Gloriana, Her Majesty Anna av Kulla, Queen of Vittmark, is welcomed by His August Imperial Majesty Emperor Marius, soon followed by Empress Avrona. Queen Anna now introduces her husband, who despite his marital union with Her Majesty does not retain a noble title. Please note that no interpreters are present. Queen Anna is fluent in Auresian, having earned a masters degree in visual and applied arts at the prestigious Auresian Imperial School of Arts in Cedelphia, the home city of the Empress Avrona. It is therefore likely that Auresian will be the language of choice during this historic state visit.”

The commentator left out the small detail that Palne had lived in Auresia as well, as an illegal immigrant in exile from his native region of Friställen, where civil war was raging at the time; not a particularly royal moment in history.

“And now we see Emperor Marius turn to introduce all eight of his young children. First to be introduced is Prince Titus, Grand Prince of Pastana, eldest son and heir to his father’s crowns. Then we can see the rest of the children introduced one by one, the Princess Tiberia Livia, the eldest of the imperial children at twenty six years old. Then we have Prince Pius Brutus, Princesses Clara Victoria, Mariella Julianna and Viola Bella, Prince Gaius Alberto and finally the youngest, and smallest, of the children at thirteen, Princess Maria Julia. And there are Queen Anna’s children disembarking in the company of their nanny: Princess Iduna who has just turned six and attending a foreign visit for the very first time. The same goes for the even younger Prince Asvard.”

Of course the young prince was not interested in protocol, but managed to get introduced to the entire imperial family anyway. The fact that Anna’s children didn’t speak the language made the experience only more alien from their point of view.

“The crown princess, Her Ladyship Moa Palnesdotter, is not accompanying Queen Anna on this trip. Ever since the unfortunate incident that ended the life of King Karl and Crown Prince Thomas 11 years ago, it has been policy that the monarch and appointed successor do not make any public appearances together. Princess Moa is the oldest daughter of Palne Kristersson and as such adopted into the royal family.”

“Beside the imperial family stands the Marquess of Valiano, Anisoran Tribune for Foreign Affairs, who is now being introduced along with other important dignitaries from the Tribunate for Foreign Affairs. And now with the introductions completed the party begin to move down the red carpet toward the lines of guardsmen from the Prince of Pastana’s Imperial Regiment lined up for Her Majesty Queen Anna’s inspection as is the custom.”

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01-20-2019, 07:41 PM
Post: #2
RE: Queen Anna of Vittmark visits Anisora
A toast to friendship

At eight o’clock that evening Her Majesty Queen Anna, along with her husband Palne Kristersson, sat as the guest of honour at the traditional state banquet dinner to welcome the Vittmarker monarch to the home of the Anisoran emperor, Colombera Palace. A long diplomatic correspondence had taken place in order to avoid any conflicts of culture and Anna finally had chosen a dress that fitted the purpose: a tight fit, deep blue gown that became frivolously asymmetric further down, just long and wide enough that no one would see what footwear she was wearing. She might be wearing those over-the-knee high brown boots which were an indication of leadership in the south of Vittmark, or she might be wearing some more elegant and sensible open white pumps, no one could know. The sleeveless top had several layers of off-white lace with small gems leading towards a jewellery masterpiece around her collar.

Being a white tie event, the gentlemen diners were dressed in either the uniform Anisoran white tie dinner suit, such as Lord Palne, or military dinner suits. Palne was actually pretty pleased with the dress code; he didn’t have the same freedom of choice as Queen Anna, which was a relief. Both Emperor Marius and his brother the Duke of Jelumbria, Prince Vettius, wore the dinner uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet in deep blue and black, medals and decorations adorning their breasts, as well as the deep red sash and star of the Order of the Fauglia. The only exception was Lord Vittorino, Lord Alf of the Congregations, who was wearing the dinner service of a Peratolian Orkanan clergyman. The Anisoran women who were dining wore a mixture of traditional Anisoran dinner wear, such as Princess Appia Bella, the emperor’s aunt, with a large richly embroidered floor length dress in deep shades of purple, or more modern, Amberian styles, such as the Countess of Bonaldo, Lady Giuliana Terranova, President of the Senate, who wore a tight fitting pale blue dress. The Empress Avrona chose a more traditional dress of lavish blue, wearing matching gloves and a small tiara of sapphires on her blond hair.

Sitting at the heads of the table were the Emperor Marius and Empress Avrona. Besides Marius, to his right, sat Queen Anna as the guest of honour, while Lord Palne sat to the left of Empress Avrona. To the right of Queen Anna sat Emperor Marius’ eldest son the Grand Prince of Pastana, Prince Titus, and to the left of Lord Palne sat Princess Appia Bella, Marius’ paternal aunt. Others that made up the Anisoran guests included: Emperor Marius’ eldest brother the Duke of Jelumbria, Prince Vettius; Princess Livia; Sir Alessandro Nicotera-Sarno, the Anisoran prime minister; the Duke of Jullanna, Antonius Rufus, the ex-Anisoran minister for finance; Princess Clara Victoria; Prince Pius Brutus; the Viscountess of Lardara; Lord Vittorino, Lord Alf, the only clergyman at the dinner; Lady M. Giovanna Fragola, curator of the famous Imperial Gallery Museum in Valance, and an imperial favourite; and the Anisoran Tribune for Foreign Affairs, Lord Valiano.

The Vittmarker delegation was distributed somewhere throughout the large dinner company. The ambassador of course, as well as the foreign minister, but also Lady Teres av Ståhlvik, governor of Kletudde, senator at the House of Lords but above all Anna’s lady-in-waiting and right hand.

All the guests were assembled at their seats waiting for the dinner to begin as a servant behind Emperor Marius lightly tapped a glass with a knife, grabbing the attention of the guests. The Emperor stood up and addressed the table in Auresian.

“It gives us great pleasure, Queen Anna, to welcome you and your husband Lord Palne to our home and our Empire. It has been our desire for many years now to host the Queen of Vittmark and cement the ever growing relationship between our two great nations and our two illustrious houses. Vittmark and Anisora, Av Kulla and Decus; we are enjoying an unprecedented friendship where the old and the new alike come together in cultural and sacred siblinghood.

“Our two nations, while different in many ways, share the fundamental principles of honour, respect and religious observance to Great Vind’s Plan; principles that tie our nations and peoples together in an unbreakable bond of religious and secular friendship. It saddened us greatly to hear of your father’s death and that such a young nation as yours should have had to be tested so dreadfully, and so quickly after its birth into the world. Yet Vittmark has risen with new determination and steadfastness in the Great Plan and we and the Anisoran people rejoice to see it.

“We are proud to call the young nation of Vittmark amongst our closest allies in Anaria, and the House of Av Kulla our honoured guest and friend. We hope that you, Queen Anna, and your fellow countrymen and women, enjoy your stay in our nation and contribute your great talents to our people. May this historic visit mark a new chapter in our Great Journey toward fulfilling Eternal Vind’s Plan.”

At that the emperor raised his glass and everybody stood, raising theirs, with Queen Anna remaining seated. “To Anisora’s great friends, Queen Anna and the nation of Vittmark.” The dinner guests resounded the reply and they all sat down drinking their wine.

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01-21-2019, 04:58 PM
Post: #3
RE: Queen Anna of Vittmark visits Anisora
Giving of gifts

Anna had signalled a servant to come over with her present to their hosts. She would be using it as the centrepiece of her dinner speech.

“Your Majesty Emperor Marius, Empress Avrona, Prince Titus… First of all my husband and I would like to thank you for the warm welcome we have received in your great nation. It is an honour and privilege to visit this place with such a long history, but an even longer, bright future. I would like to extend this gratitude to all princes and princesses, eminences and other dignitaries gathered in this welcoming room, as well as the people of Anisora. I am looking forward to personally experiencing Anisoran creativity and culture in the coming days and share these.”

She now removed a velvet cloth that had been placed above the gift, revealing a small wooden box, exactly cubical. Anna then improvised on her written speech, beginning in Auresian.

“Before I forget, I have to apologise for not addressing you all in your own language. But the alternative was the use of an interpreter and no matter how much I appreciate the skills of people being able to bridge language barriers, I wanted to address you myself…” Due to the linguistic similarity between Anisoran and Auresian, the languages were mutually intelligible, and so this posed no issue to the assembled Anisoran dinner guests. “I have brought with me a present from my people to your people, symbolising our connection through Vind and through the times.”

Now she opened the box carefully with her blue, elbow long gloves, and took out an object that looked like a piece of rock in a cube of glass.

“This stone is nothing more than a simple piece of granite from Vittmarker soil. It has been around for ages. It will be around for many more ages to come. When we all are gone, and even our great-grandchildren’s children, this rock will still be the same as it was when our ancestors removed it from the ground near the Bay of Shields and used it to build the central pyramid of Skiöldavik, proud capital of the Orkanan Realm.”

“The rocks used to build Skiöldavik might symbolise our own resilience. Material has been reused. Ideas from the Orkanan Realm have been reused as well. Our Mellanhand tradition has its roots in the same place as the Congregations of Anisora. A physical remnant of that source should not be held exclusively in Vittmark, but should be shared with our sisters and brothers contributing to Vind’s Master Plan.”

“As a young nation we value the good relations with a traditional ally like Anisora. Vittmark didn’t exist just over a decade ago. We didn’t exist… But thanks to the intervention of Anarian nations like Anisora, we are now the caretakers of the source of the commonalities between our cultures. Even a great nation like Anisora has had darker episodes in its history. This simple rock reminds us about what is universal, and that even something that might seem to have been lost, like the city of Skiöldavik or the Kulla Canon hidden deep in the Blue Mountains of Stoldavia, will emerge again and inspire creativity and greatness.”

Anna now closed the box and put the glass cube with one of its corners in a triangular hole on top of the box.

“The glass contains splinters from the greenhouses of botanical gardens of the central pyramid of Skiöldavik. But it has been reused in a creative way to contribute to the rock. You cannot see it, but it is still there. In itself, the rock is just a rock. We, the people of Anisora and Vittmark, give it a deeper meaning, a sense, a symbol of what unites us as Orkanans in this day and age, and through the times.”

She then raised her glass.

“I propose a toast to Anisoran-Vittmarker relations: may they thrive for all eternity, towards Vind’s Master Plan, together with our host, the eminent Emperor Marius, who deserves all of our gratitude, as do the good people of Anisora.”

Marius nodded in thanks and sipped his wine while the rest of the table toasted Anisoran-Vittmark relations. Once everybody had finished their toast and resumed their seats Marius stood up once again and smiled.

“Thank you Queen Anna for your kind words; and in the same vein of that sacred bond you so eloquently spoke of, we too have a gift to impart upon you and your people.” Marius gestured behind him and two footmen moved forward, pushing a trolley with a marble statue sat on it up beside Queen Anna. The statue was about half a metre tall and was in the shape of two young women dressed in what was recognisable as ancient Pastanan clothing. The two girls were holding delicate hand held windmill fans made of gilded wood.

“Queen Anna, this holy icon was crafted by the eminent master Sergio D’Ambrasia in the 73rd century for the shrine of Exemplars Maria and Marilena at Rillandia in Pastana. While the icon has called many shrines home over the centuries it has been worshipped as an exemplary piece of divinely inspired craftsmanship. It has stood in one of Colombera's chapels since we were a young boy and has reminded us ever since of the unbreakable friendship of the two young girls. Their example, described to us through the skill of Master D’Ambrasia, has inspired us to mark our friendship. And so we, on behalf of the Anisoran People, present this holy icon to you and your people in the hope that our friendship will remain as strong as that of the Exemplars Maria and Marilena.”

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01-22-2019, 05:11 PM
Post: #4
RE: Queen Anna of Vittmark visits Anisora
A door once opened...

After the formalities of the state dinner, the guests were invited into the adjoining drawing room for post-dinner drinks, cigars and discussion. Despite finishing the most officious part of the evening, the complex etiquettes and social rules of Anisoran imperial society remained as the guests mingled with one another in the well orchestrated interactions between the upper echelons of Anisoran and Vittmarker society. Such occasions were always used to great effect in Anisora and the Vittmarker delegation only heightened the desire to network and strengthen foreign and domestic contacts.

Despite the seeming informality of the interactions between the large group of guests, Queen Anna and Emperor Marius’ time had been planned meticulously and only a select few spoke to either of them for any extended period of time, those people having arranged an ‘appointment’ before the event took place. As such it was no coincidence when the Countess of Bonaldo slowly moved in the direction of Queen Anna who was stood by the fireplace talking to Lord Vittorino, with a glass of exquisite twenty five year old Imperios Malla red wine in her gloved hand.

“Lord Vittorino, will you excuse me?” said Queen Anna looking over at Lady Bonaldo approaching.

“Of course, Your Majesty” replied the clergyman, bowing with a smile and moving to join a conversation between the Vittmarker Foreign Minister Ödebo and Princess Livia.

“Lady Bonaldo, it is an honour to meet you,” Anna stated as she closed the last few metres separating her from the President of the Imperial Senate.

“And you, Your Serene Highness. I am so pleased to see you in Anisora” she replied with a knowing smile and a respectful inclination of her head.

Queen Anna returned the slight smile before continuing. “You have opened a door that cannot be closed again, Lady Bonaldo. The first woman to occupy such a high office of state, but certainly not the last!” Lady Bonaldo had made history in Anisora by being the first woman to be appointed to a senior cabinet position, Tribune for Internal Affairs during the late 7560s, before being appointed President of the Imperial Senate and Lord Privy Seal in the government of the Anisoran Prime Minister Sir Alessandro Nicotera-Sarno. Many considered her the most powerful woman in Anisora, except perhaps the Empress Avrona.

Bonaldo looked Queen Anna in the eyes and smiled again. “Indeed, Your Majesty. It was a most stubborn door to open, but Anisora is better for its opening.” She looked up and gestured with her half filled glass of wine to the room full of elaborately dressed royalty, lords and ladies and medal-clad admirals and generals. “We are a nation steeped in the past and the Anisoran people do not ordinarily approve of change.” She paused. “And yet here we stand.”

“One never knows when and how change presents itself,” Anna replied. “If there is one constant factor throughout history, it is the fact that things are changing, always. Where Her Ladyship had to wrestle the door open with all her might, I myself was put in this position reluctantly. But change it is, through the times.”

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01-24-2019, 03:39 PM
Post: #5
RE: Queen Anna of Vittmark visits Anisora
For the good of Admiralty

Queen Anna made quite an entrance at Admiralty House in central Pena, the headquarters for the Anisoran Imperial Navy, the Marina Imperiale. The huge ornamental facade was in the Decan classical style of the 74th century and as Anna exited her carriage she was greeted by the monumental statue of Admiral Marino, the famous victor of the Battle of Pamdo Bay in the late 74th century. His statue took pride of place at the centre of the courtyard before the columned facade of the building, looking determinedly toward the sea, spyglass in hand.

As Anna began to walk across the courtyard toward the entrance it became obvious that she had chosen to wear her military gala uniform. The previous evening Anna had been the representative of the people of Vittmark, thus wearing a civilian gown. Today she was amongst the upper echelons of the Anisoran military and had to show that she was the supreme commander of the Vittmarker forces. Even if, in practical terms, it was more of an honorary title.

It was actually the first time she had appeared in military uniform outside of Vittmark. Even in her own country she only appeared in it on very rare occasions, such as her public performance in Månsta, capital of Liden, about 4 years ago, when that member state was in such a state of political turmoil that it bordered on civil war.

Her uniform was a one-off, completely black to symbolize that she was above the army (which sported grey uniforms) and the navy (in dark blue). It consisted of a multilayered black dress which was completely open at the front. Under it she wore white cavalry trousers and shiny black thigh-high boots. It was topped by a rather short, tailored jacket with asymmetric buttoning. All insignia was in dark gold or copper bronze, thus only using Vittmark’s trademark color scheme: black - bronze - white. She had her hair in two long braids on either side of her head, tied together at the back. But most of it was hidden under the bicorn she quickly put on as soon she had left the stagecoach.

As Anna approached the grand steps leading to the monumental door she saluted the guard of honour through its commander who stood to attention to the right of the entrance, a small detachment of the Imperial Marines. Then, in conventional Stoldavian rituality, she drew her short, double edged sword and held it close to her chest, pointing upwards. She then put it back, took off the shoulder belt and presented it to the commander in charge of the honorary guard. In Stoldavia, handing over your weapons was traditionally a symbol of feeling at ease with the company present. There was no need to carry any weapon inside the building she was about to enter.

Palne Kristersson on the other hand was in his civilian clothing. He did have a rank in the former militia of Friställen, but that unit had been disbanded. He also played a role in the predecessor to the Fjällsta Affirmation, the internal security forces of Fjällsta Stift. But all of Palne’s actions before the acceptance of Fjällsta into the federation in 7569 were considered rebel and terrorist acts by other member states. A warrant for his arrest in Ådalen was lifted as late as 7572. Palne had therefore volunteered not to wear any military uniform or insignia ever again, making a huge symbolic gesture that his days as alleged rebel leader (if there had been any such days at all) were completely behind him. Additionally, it was agreed that avoiding drawing attention to such a complicated past while at the table of some of Anisora’s top military commanders was in everybody’s best interests.

The couple went up to the impressive steps leading toward the entrance, which was open and flanked by two young marines wearing ceremonial uniforms of dark blue in the traditional 75th century style. They entered the large hall, decorated as it was with colossal paintings of ships and famous naval battles from Anisoran history, sporting depictions of ships that spanned centuries. Anna and Palne could see the famous painting of the victory at Pamdo Bay by Giulio Pandagna, with the IAN Cordelia, Vice-Admiral Marino’s flagship, in the centre of the fray. On the other side of the hall stood an equally large painting of one of the more recent victories over the Hellish fleet during the Pan-Anarian War, the colossal dreadnoughts contrasting sharply with the early ironclad warships of Pamdo Bay.

Awaiting Queen Anna and Lord Palne to the right of the entrance stood the small Anisoran reception, headed by Lord Valannaggio, Lord High Admiral, professional head of the Anisoran Imperial Navy and their host for this evening’s military dinner. While this evening was to be a military engagement, the First Lord High Admiral, and the titular head of the Imperial Navy, Prince Vettius, Duke of Jelumbria, had met Queen Anna at the imperial reception at the Palace the night before. As such, Lord Valannaggio, as professional head of the Imperial Navy, took over as host for this specific occasion. He stood in the full ceremonial uniform of an Admiral in dark navy that bordered on black, decorated with gold aiguillettes, the blue and white sash of the Order of Colombera, and extensive medals and decorations adorning his breast, along with a ceremonial sword at his hip. His clean shaven face contrasted with the two officers standing beside him who both sported large Anisoran moustaches.

Alongside Lord Valannaggio stood His Imperial Highness Rear Admiral Prince Raphael, Commander Operations Western Fleet. Although it was a military dinner, as Emperor Marius’ elder cousin, Prince Raphael was representing the imperial family that evening. Beside him stood the final member of the welcoming reception, General Sir Mario Lingrella, who was representing the Imperial Army. He was a large man by all accounts, over six feet tall and rather overweight despite it. He wore a tight fitting ceremonial uniform in blue and gold, with traditional deep maroon trousers, a ceremonial sword at his hip. The three of them bowed to Queen Anna and nodded greeting to Lord Palne.

“Admiral Valannaggio, it is a pleasure to meet you” Anna said smiling as she approached the small welcoming party.

“And you, Your Serene Highness” Lord Valannaggio replied, smiling. “It is a humbling privilege to welcome the Commander-in-chief of the Vittmarker armed forces to Admiralty House. And Lord Palne, it is good to finally meet you.”

“A pleasure Admiral Valannaggio” replied Palne, shaking the admiral’s outstretched hand.

“May I introduce Rear-Admiral Raphael Decus” Valannaggio said, gesturing to his side at Prince Raphael. Being a military occasion, the prince’s military rank was given rather than his imperial title. Despite General Lingrella technically outranking him, Raphael was still introduced first. Raphael nodded in greeting. “And General Sir Mario Lingrella”. The huge man bowed slightly, his equally huge mustache turning into a smile.

Queen Anna saluted upon introduction, tight and rigid like any officer would do, followed by a more informal handshake. Palne however only conducted handshakes.

After the introductions Admiral Valannaggio gave Queen Anna and Palne a brief tour of the grand entrance hall, describing the scenes of various paintings high upon the walls. The Battle of Pamdo Bay was most obvious amongst the many paintings, but there were other scenes of naval action spanning the last thousand years of history. He concluded his brief tour by showing the Queen and her husband a small model of a sailing frigate, which he explained was a model of the Fauglia, a famous ship on board which the Duke of Rena and the original Knights of the Fauglia committed in 6833 to fight for Casellan independence, founding the Kingdom of Casella.

After the brief tour and some more introductions to various naval and military personnel, the Queen, Palne, and all the most senior members of the party sat down to dinner in the large banqueting hall. Its walls were bedecked with standards, ensigns, and flags of the Marina Imperiale, in between windows with small roundels of stained glass depicting the badges of the various ships of the fleet. The hall’s windows had originally all been elaborate stained glass of various exemplars associated with the sea, but during the Pan-Anarian War a bomb had landed in the centre of the room, blowing the windows out in a second. A small bronze disk had been ensconced in the floor where the bomb had hit, commemorating the event with an engraving from the Book of Laudars:

When nations conspire, their people plot in vain,
The Kings of Mighty Vind rally as heathen’s bane.

After the final course of the meal had been finished, Queen Anna stood up to deliver her speech.

“Honourable men and women of the armed services… It is a privilege to be among your ranks. The whole room is shining and glittering with medals, badges and ribbons indicating your contribution to the security of your great nation and abroad. We cannot thank Anisora enough for their involvement in peacekeeping and the transition to a parliamentary monarchy in Vittmark. I would like to ask you all to stand up and commemorate the 12 brave hearts that have made the ultimate sacrifice while securing a common future for the people of Vittmark.”

Everyone got up and joined in the minute of silence, commemorating the 12 Anisoran servicemen that had died during the ongoing peacekeeping operation in Vittmark.

“We cannot thank you enough,” she continued. “Compared to that…” Anna then made a hand gesture across her chest with her right hand in a white glove. “... I have not much to add. Unlike all of you, I never had to prove my skills in combat, nor in military command or tactics. So far, the political leadership of our nation has been able to uphold its autonomy, security and self determination without the use of excessive military means. We hope that it will stay that way. It is my sole wish that I never will have to fill my uniform with medals.”

“I am quite convinced that the same applies to all of you. Battle is not on anyone’s wishlist, it is a necessity. Your displays of honour and reward show the determination of the Anisoran people to defend sovereignty and contributing to the realisation of Vind’s Master Plan. If political means and diplomacy fails, it will be an honour to protect those values, side by side with Anisora. We will earn those medals then, and we will wear them with pride.”

“But an empty uniform is also a sign of military success. It is proof of a well organised, well trained army and navy. As a lock on the door, a back-up plan for when no other options are open. The presence of such a force is support for international diplomacy, which hopefully will prevent armed conflicts.”

“Vittmark wants to raise its first generation of citizens that did not grow up in war or civil war since the 7520’s. We will never forget the sacrifices. We will never forget what we fought for. Together with Anisora we will raise that generation. They are halfway towards adulthood already. And we want to contribute to your coming generations to grow up without war as well. Like the Orkanan brothers and sisters we are.”

“Therefore I feel privileged to be among you. I want to propose a toast to all the men and women in uniform. I salute their dedication, their commitment, their sacrifice, their loyalty. May we as their commanders and leaders serve proudly among them, and guide them with determination and wisdom.”

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