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  1. Josephine Augusta feels a strange sense of loss at the death of Jude II. Though he had baptized her first son, she did not know him well. Perhaps—if those curious folk from Yong Ping were right about “reincarnation”—she knew him in a past life.
  2. Josephine Augusta salutes the Orenian flag, returning to her vital work as Director of Civil Affairs.
  3. "I am very pleased to see something out of the Church on this conflict," Josephine Augusta remarks to her Deputy Director, @Minuvas. "The Shepherd is mild, but he will not abandon his flock."
  4. “I knew he was a learned scholar and skilled administrator, but now I find he is a man of true devotion too... Mr. Melphestaus continues to impress,” Josephine Augusta remarks to an aide.
  5. Josephine Augusta rubs her temples, beginning to feel that the Empire’s recent policy of minding its own business was a mistake. “If the entire bloody world is going to denounce us for defending ourselves,” she muses “Perhaps old John I was right about the way to conduct foreign policy. They hated him too, but at least he got to rule half the world for his efforts.” The duchess spends the rest of the day torn between her different ancestors’ ideologies: Josephite liberalism or Horen imperialism? She finally settles on the former, but only narrowly.
  6. Welcome back! It has been a long long time since the True Faith had a high priest instead of a high pontiff...
  7. [!] A missive is issued to Fr. Basil in response to his (presumably public) letter to Olivier de Savoie. "Father Basil Moroul, I am Josephine Augusta, Director of Civil Affairs for the Holy Orenian Empire. I am writing to you concerning your recent public letter to Olivier de Savoie. First, I offer my thanks for your continuing service to the Canonist people in taking the priesthood, and in attempting to hold Canonist leaders accountable for their sins. I too was concerned by de Savoie's recent publication. Allow me to reassure you that it has been a matter
  8. [!] A letter is issued to Gallo, hopefully finding his permanent residence. “Mr. Gallo, I pray this missive reaches you well. I am Josephine Augusta, Director of Civil Affairs for the Holy Orenian Empire. I encountered your recent paper while reading certain cultural and scientific papers as part of a larger review of potentially significant works. I compliment you on your interest in philosophical inquiry, but offer some critiques as to your conclusions. Principally, I do not consider the motion of the world to be any more unlikely than the moti
  9. @Cracker and @Urahra are Lord and Lady of the Craft
  10. The Director of Civil Affairs reads the response, addressing her husband “My uncle is right. It’s just typical of Nordlings to pick a fight they can’t win and then cry ‘massacre!’ when they lose one battle. But of course, but it must always be Oren's fault. . . It is our fault that these foreigners declared war on us, then it is our fault when their soldiers perish in battle. What a backwards worldview."
  11. “Ah, everyone knows the Nordlings crushed the Canonist faith in Elysium to such an extent that many among them resorted to practicing in secret. I imagine they breathed a sigh of relief, that this war has taken the Norlandic boot off their collective throat,” Josephine Augusta muses to her sister, Anne Caroline. “To an independent Elysium!” She toasts, clinking their glasses.
  12. Josephine Augusta reads the missive favorably, presenting it to an aide “Ah? You see, he is the best hire I ever made. You should all be a little more like Mr. Melphestaus!”
  13. Josephine Augusta steels herself for the promise of war. Could she live up to her grandmother’s memory, and bear arms in defense of the Empire? She must.
  14. Josephine Augusta remains resolute, despite the desires of greedy foreign dwarves to swarm through her home and steal her fine jewels.
  15. Josephine Augusta withdraws a sketch of a Kaedreni windmill from her memory box, weeping. Only a year earlier, she had lost her grandfather as well—she feels this is the beginning of the end. Little parts of her would keep dying year by year, decade by decade, until she herself passed on as well. Nevertheless, she would persist as long as she could, as her mother had.
  16. “When we have rights and liberties, they claim that this is an effete empire of bureaucrats... when we act swiftly, it is ‘barbarism’. Should my uncle sit idly by as these traitors escape by manipulating the court system? Does anyone actually doubt the guilt of the accused in this case? Sedan and their ilk had done worse, for less noble reasons.” Josephine Augusta continues bemoaning the troubles of the day to her secretary, who is used to this sort of thing by now.
  17. Josephine Augusta sees her friend Emerentia is running for deputy mayor. She muses to herself “Well, I don’t know Varon, but if Emmy supports him, he must have his head on straight.”
  18. [!] A response is issued via courier. "Mr. Melphestaus, I share your disappointment that the Imperial University was shuttered. As you have probably intuited by now, so many in this country prefer private education to a classroom setting. However, I am pleased to hear of your scholarly appetite, which I believe I may be able to sate. I am Josephine Augusta, Director of the Office of Civil Affairs for the Imperial Government, and co-author of the second volume of Epochs of the Empire, the most celebrated textbook of imperial history. I have some experience as
  19. Josephine Augusta mourns the loss of her grandfather. When she was young, he had been larger than life--almost a god, for his rank was so distant and untouchable. It did not help that Joseph II had many grandchildren, and when he even deigned to see them, he often struggled to remember their names. But as the princess grew older, the Emperor grew more human. He had. . . foibles. Josephine began to understand her grandfather did not forget her name because she was not important, but because he was simply forgetful. He was a man with flaws. How strange! The greatest displ
  20. Josephine Augusta looks on the news fondly. She knew little of her uncle, but she always suspected she had at least one trait in common with him. It was a shame that his marriage had not worked out as well as her own—but not all could be as loving and open-minded as the new Duke of Sunholdt.
  21. Honorable Representatives, My office appreciates your initiative in bringing this matter to our attention. As always, the Office of Civil Affairs is committed to the cause of democracy in this Empire. Accordingly, and in pursuit of that ideal, we believe it best that the proper forms are observed: we will proceed with the normal schedule of reapportionment. We are aware of the issues you have mentioned (i.e. the demographic changes across the Empire). However, you must also remember that the changes themselves are quite routine, if not their causes. Although Sedan's reb
  22. Josephine Augusta, the Director of Civil Affairs, looks forward to being able to park her carriage on the street without risk of it being bombed again. “They do good work at the MoJ,” she remarks.
  23. Josephine Augusta hears a triumphant song as she reads the news of the Sedanese rebels’ flight. “So, the traitors have retreated to a nation whose chief ally are barbarian apostates—all the while proclaiming their own piety and patriotism. History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes,” she muses.
  24. Josephine Augusta passes by--accompanied by a flock of officious secretaries from the Office of Civil Affairs--and addresses the speaker. "Reverend Father, this equivocation is unbecoming. I am also learned in the Holy Scrolls, for my father is a devout man and a crusader. Do the Scrolls not teach that laws should be enforced? Do they not endorse just violence to enforce those laws? The Gospel says that Ex. Godfrey banished Reynard Lycian for his treason and that Ex. Owyn made his penance in striking down the unrepenant. At the end of days, will the Prophets come down from the Skies to treat p
  25. Josephine Augusta awaits her nuptials with tentative excitement. "Well," she says to her monastic confidante "He seems a good sort, for a man. Very sweet."
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