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  1. Draeris

    My departure

    After many years on the counter: the time has come for me to depart from this community and move on with my life. I greatly appreciate my time on here and will leave with a lot of fond memories of people and experiences, that often transcended the medium of LotC and became memorable moments for me. No other game or online community to date has been so influential socially, and has made me feel as invested in its continued existence. Many friends I met on here have taken their seat at the table in my real life, meeting me on vacations or finding out that we go to the same school(s), cities, or circle(s). These friendships and experiences are something invaluable that LotC has given me: and for that, I will always be thankful to this community. While I had long felt the urge to finally close the LotC chapter: I always had too many friends, too many stakes and too much emotional investment in this server to leave. And why would I leave, as for most of the ride I really enjoyed my time here. My temporary ban and a horrid ongoing affair were the push I needed to finally check out. I want to apologize to everyone that had to endure me at my worst. Moments where I was excessively crude, incapable, or emotional. Even though most of my bad encounters can be attributed to my defensiveness, nonchalance or sense of justice for my friends: it filled my track record with disgusting stains regardless. And I genuinely feel bad for all the burned bridges that were uncalled for because of it. On the other hand, leaving this community that I feel genuine warmth towards does not feel voluntary to me. Continuing to have my ban reviewed, or to appeal when the time’s up, simply feels like a band aid on a grotesque stab wound. Since November I had to defend myself against false allegations from a player that made me seem utterly horrific and disgusting. Despite my innocence being proven with evidence, and a remarkable portion of players apologizing for their initial doubt in me, too much damage has been done for me to realistically enjoy LotC anymore. It has become a symbol of all the times that ‘friends’ started to openly question my morality, that my partner was contacted OOCly and that I had to fight and lobby to join even the smallest group on this server. Everywhere I went, my friends had to deal with ‘warnings’ and my superiors were sent ‘essays’ about me. While I wholeheartedly recognize that I was a toxic and troubled player in my own right, I know and my friends know that I never was the antagonist that I was made out to be. Our truth was heard and it mattered. I just do not feel the energy and will anymore to fight for every step forward on what should be a fun and relaxing medium. It makes my departure very sour, as I always hoped to leave in remembrance of all the great things that came to be because of this Minecraft server. Fortunately, there is little I regret and a lot that I have learned from, and that comfort is something that nobody was able to take from me. Thank you all so much for the unique and sometimes bizarre experience here on LotC, and I hope that everyone on here can find their happy out there.
  2. THE NEW DEMOCRACY ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENT When the House of Commons granted a mandate to rewrite the Constitution in 1763: it had assumed that a steady legislative process would follow, where a people’s assembly would reform the old text piece by piece until the instrument of government was modernized for the current era. Instead, the House of Commons would only convene twice until the Commonwealth plunged into a democratic and bureaucratic nightmare simultaneously. With all eyes on the second Mayoral election: the Commonwealth government and the Owynsburg citizenry braced for the return to normal. Normal would never come however, with grotesque vote rigging and political violence engulfing the Commonwealth. Two assassination attempts was made at a mayoral candidate, and party officials from both sides sowed accidental chaos through their conflicting lobbying efforts. The executive branch had enough, witnessing their pearl of civil participation defiled by the chaos of ever encroaching rivalries. With the establishment of the new Commonwealth Participatory Government: they sought to capitalize on the opportunity of a newfound era, and reform the former House of Commons into a worthy and stable democratic instrument: The Commonwealth Parliament. MANDATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENT The Electoral Commission will invite legislators, peers and influential citizens alike to partake in the reform of both the House of Commons and the House of Electors. This temporary expansion of the Electoral Commission will cease once the reforms are finished. After both Houses are reformed, it is hoped that proper Constitutional reform can finally begin. HOUSE OF COMMONS: The open assembly of the House of Commons had disappointing results for both the government and its people: proving nothing but chaotic and exclusive, reminding the elder citizens of the days of the Ves assembly. The Commonwealth Government will opt for a return to elected seats. A smaller House, where representatives can legislate on behalf of their respective electorates. HOUSE OF ELECTORS: While it stayed a functional institution despite the chaos of yesteryear, the Commonwealth had welcomed new peers and now befalls under the jurisdiction of the House of Lords. With some minor reforms and modernization: not only do we hope to make it a complimentary addition to our democratic statecraft, but to make it a proper chamber where our peers can gather. With this we hope to recover from our dark day of democracy, and usher the Commonwealth into the era of prosperity it had worked towards since the ascension of the Governor-General.
  3. “My my, such excellence from the first day on the job”. Laurence would grin, taking a drag from his Rochefort as he looks at the city of Owynsburg from afar.
  4. THE ROYAL CABINET THE PARTICIPATORY COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT PREAMBLE The first established Royal Cabinet was successful in restoring the Commonwealth and establishing a newfound bureaucracy, moving on from the tragedies of Ves and the “Mad Duke” Leopold. It is as granted by the Instruments of Government that expansion be accomplished thereafter on an ad hoc basis. As circumstances since the expansion corroborate a necessary shuffling of government, in finishing this chapter both the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier considered it prudent to forgo the previous three-man cabinet: rendering it more participatory for the Commonwealth as a whole, and to truly bring all factions of society to one united table. The following ministerial positions and their standing incumbents are therefore established for the undertaking of responsible governance. CHIEF OFFICIALS LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR The Lieutenant-Governor stands as the appointed second to the King’s Viceroy: the Governor-General of Kaedrin. It is thus the duty of he to chair state ministries in his absence and to lend a guiding hand when vision needs to be asserted over the national good; to issue the mandates issued by royal prerogative and delegate the duties of each minister via the Premier. His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor-General Richard Victor Helvets It is his RESPONSIBILITY therefore: I). To ensure the efficiency of all ministerial departments and report on these developments directly to the Governor-General. II). To also enforce royal mandates on behalf of the King and his incumbent Viceroy. III). To chair the Royal Cabinet in the absence of the prior two authorities. And to enforce these duties in addition are offered the following vestments:. IV). To chair and beholden state elections as an unbiased tribune. V). To initiate official inquiries into lower functionaries. VI). To wield the authority of the Governor-General in his absence. VIII). Or to act as Regent in the event of incapacitation or otherwise vegetative conditions. PREMIER OF KAEDRIN The Premier is the prime minister of the executive branch whom is vested with the responsibility of ordering the Cabinet and representing the government in the House of Commons as it’s speaker. The incumbent Premier therefore reports primarily to the Lieutenant-Governor and his superior, the Governor-General. His Excellency the Premier Laurence August Pruvia-Albarosa It is his RESPONSIBILITY therefore to: I). Maintain the good standing and order of the Provincial Diet and to coordinate with both bicameral legislatures. II). To seek the creation of new ministries when the necessity of growth demands their formation. III). To also seek the dissolution of given office when requirements become defunct. IV). To act as a member of the electoral committee and to preside over the process itself. As a consequence, it is also the afforded right of the Premier to: V). Maintain a personal staff of assistance VI). To initiate official inquiries into all subordinate functionaries VII). To represent a Minister and their department in the event of their absence. VIII). And to manage the Royal Cabinet on behalf of the Lieutenant-Governor. THE ROYAL CABINET MINISTER OF INTERIOR Her Excellency the Minister of Interior Mariana Dubois Oversees the usage of territories and housing, and ensures that the quality of life and environment are maintained with residential interests in mind. Furthermore, she: I). Is the chairwoman of the Ministry of the Interior. II). Has the ability to evict, renovate or deconstruct residences in the Commonwealth. III). Is a member of the Territorial Concessions Committee. IV). Is a member of the Electoral Commission. V). Represents the Mayor in absence. MINISTER OF LABOUR (VACANT) Manages the human resources of the Commonwealth, providing a qualitative pool of manpower and connections to aid in realizing projects. Furthermore, he: I). Oversees the department of Labour within the Ministry of Interior. II). Has the ability to fire, hire & evaluate lesser functionaries of the government bureaucracy. III). Is a member of the Territorial Concessions Committee. MINISTER OF FINANCE His Excellency the Minister of Finance Frederick Leopold Pruvia-Albarosa Manages the Treasury and oversees the Crown Concessions of Commerce, responsible for generating income and investments. Furthermore, he: I). Runs the Commonwealth Treasury. II). Chairs the Crown Concessions of Commerce. III). Has the ability to evict, transfer, found & dissolve corporations within the Commonwealth. IV). Is a member of the Territorial Concessions Committee. MINISTER OF DEFENSE His Excellency the Minister of Defense Oisin O’Rourke Manages the relationships with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of War, and acts as the government spokesperson towards the Brigades stationed in the Commonwealth. Furthermore, he: I). Acts as the legate of the Commonwealth of Kaedrin on military affairs. II). Reports to the Lieutenant-Governor and Premier on military developments. III). Ensures the interests of the stationed Brigades are represented properly in the Commonwealth government. MINISTER OF CULTURE Her Excellency the Minister of Culture Hildegarde Amalia Pruvia-Albarosa Oversees the cultural sector of the Commonwealth, hosting festivities and chronicling the Rhoswenii identity and its minorities. Furthermore, she: I). Manages the department of Culture within the Ministry of Interior. II). Has the authority to formulate, executive and manage cultural events and festivities. III). Manages the courts of peers and ensures adherence to Rhoswenii rites and procedures. IV). Is a member of the Territorial Concessions Committee. MAYOR OF OWYNSBURG The Honourable Mayor of Owynsburg Padraig O’Rourke Oversees the polity known as the City of Owynsburg, manages its lesser government and ensures proper leadership is given. Furthermore, he: I). Has the ability to hire, fire and evaluate Aldermen, Stewards and Aides. II). Has the ability to evict, house and evaluate residents of the City of Owynsburg. III). Gains legislative precedence on the roll of the House of Commons. IV). Holds weekly municipal meetings with citizens and the government. V). Has a term of five weeks. INSTRUMENTS OF THE ROYAL CABINET To further maintain proper functionality of the Commonwealth bureaucracy, certain ministers have been granted leadership over specific organizations with specific purposes: from managing the territories, to expanding the economy, and so forth. These are known as the ‘Instruments of the Royal Cabinet’. An instrument can be added, removed or altered depending on the governmental needs of the Ministers. THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION The Lieutenant Governor-General, the Premier and the Minister of Interior are equal members of the Electoral Commission: an instrument that organizes, validates and oversees elections within the Commonwealth of Kaedrin. Mariana Dubois and her Committee, 1770. TERRITORIAL CONCESSIONS COMMITTEE The Ministers of Interior, Labour, Finance & Culture are all seated in the Territorial Concessions Committee: an instrument that decides whether land, or structures, may be given to citizens of the Commonwealth. They determine the criteria, the pricing and the designation of Commonwealth territories. Frederick Leopold Albarosa-Pruvia and his Council, 1770. CROWN CONCESSIONS OF COMMERCE The Minister of Finance chairs the Crown Concessions of Commerce:an instrument that manages and owns all mercantile and financial activities within the Commonwealth of Kaedrin. He can provide a concession to a citizen, allowing him or her to perform commercial activities on behalf of the government. TRIUMVIRATE OF THE INTERIOR MINISTRY The Ministry of Interior is subdivided by two departments: that of Labour, and that of Culture. Both were experienced as large portfolios in the previous Royal Cabinet, where a singular minister carried the workload of three. To combat this issue, the Lieutenant-Governor and the Premier extended the mandate of the Ministry: establishing two new offices in the process. Although the Ministry of Interior is run by the Minister of Interior, the departments of Labour and Culture enjoy a great degree of autonomy: having to answer to, and adhere to, similar protocols as their superior. This renders them as subordinates only in an organizational and formal sense, but not in terms of authority and executive reign.
  5. THE PIG HAS THE PULL A DIRTY VICTORY IS STILL A VICTORY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3agUi8M4N6c First and foremost, we wish to congratulate all the candidates and the campaigners for their stellar jobs during this campaign. Not only were we able to present the most comprehensive policies to date: but our presence in every province and its government was remarkable. The optimism and security we sailed into these waters with were justified. The prelude to this election was simple and in our favor. The Josephites were the incumbent, and yet objectively weren’t productive with the power entrusted upon them. Furthermore, sharp observers noticed that their policy this election cycle didn’t go beyond the convenient use of bullet points. And at last, we had only lost by such a small margin. So what happened? THE BAD FAITH OF THE JOSEPHITES Ask the Kaedreni voter why he switched his allegiance, and he shall answer you that “the Josephites promised greater autonomy for us”. Ask the Haeseni voter why he voted Josephite, and he shall answer you that “the Josephites are for Haense and against the corrupt church”. Similar rhetoric seeps into the many interactions between the Everardines and the Josephites. For questioning Elendil-Stahl, we were painted as opponents to the ISA-mandate. For our favourability towards the clergy, we were painted as geopolitical enemies of Hanseti-Ruska. For not promising impossible concessions towards Kaedrin, we were painted as a party in opposition to their interests. Whereas the Everardine party formulates policy on subsidies and better representation, the Josephite party kowtows to cliques and their most perverse of interests. Will a voter consider our manifesto if its publisher is made out to be the chief enemy against his interests? When the discourse is no longer about policy, but ad hominem and slander, the careful voice of substance always loses. And such a loss we have endured, as punishment for stretching out our hand in good faith. We believed that the conversation was going to be about policy, that the battlefield was about the superiority of vision and the characters involved. We honestly believed that if we maintained a respectful composure and cooperated wherever we could, playing by the rules and social norms required within any functioning democracy: we would sail into a balanced election, and a possible win. Instead, our manifestos and speeches had to penetrate hundreds of lines of nonsense from the Josephite party before it reached the discourse. We had to sway an electorate that was bribed and misled by false narratives and impossible promises. No man can compete with a de facto endorsement of the Josephite party by an entire government, who actively abuses the system to further their separatist interests. No good speaker can compete with the handshake of influence, promising you the realization of your greatest political temptations. No man can convince another that he is a friend, when his direct superiors tell him he is not. They are the sole architect of the newfound sentiment: “If you don’t vote Josephite, you’re betraying [insert your group here]”. OUR DILEMMA Having lost two elections under similar circumstances: we find ourselves at an uncomfortable crossroads as a party. Do we maintain our moral high ground and prioritization of substance, and keep losing elections to underhanded and poisonous electoral strategies of the opponent? Or do we abandon said morality and fight fire with fire, abusing our various mandates and positions to coerce through influence and dependency. Shall our Ministers, Governors and Mayors now too abuse their offices to promote and demand Everardine alignment? Must we now too slander, deceive and smear our political opponents if they ask uncomfortable questions? Let this serve as a warning to the Josephite party. If they cannot behave themselves next election, we can mimic your strategies and corruption with ease. The only difference is: we achieve near victories without them already. One thing is certain, and that is that we cannot any longer allow those with a tangible following and position to dictate what 'their' electorate will vote for.
  6. THE TROUBLED ELECTION RESULTS After a lot of turmoil, tension and complications: the second mayoral election had finally finished. The tradition had survived alleged assassination attempts, vote rigging and escalation in the city of Owynsburg. While the people rejoiced despite that: a trauma was given to the Commonwealth of Kaedrin. This was to never happen again. THE RESULTS: EVERARDINE INCUMBENT, Mayor Edmund Bren - 41% JOSEPHITE CHALLENGER, Steward Padraig O’Rourke - 59% Steward Padraig O’Rourke is now officially elected the 2nd Mayor of Owynsburg. His mandate shall consist of managing the City of Owynsburg, its municipal bureaucracy and cooperating with the Royal Cabinet.
  7. THE TROUBLED ELECTION The Josephite and Everardine parties have been vying for power and influence throughout the Empire. This is a simple and widely known fact. That the Helenite political skirmishes would seep into lesser circles of governance of Imperial Subjects, was expected and predicted by many. But the current besiegement of the Everardine Bastion, the Commonwealth of Kaedrin, is placing itself as an anomaly in the history books of the Empire. THE PRELUDE TO THE ELECTION Mayor Edmund Bren was going to leave his term with a relatively good track record and popularity: having realized most of his campaign promises, such as finishing the city and expanding the local bureaucracy. He, and his benefactors, expected smooth sailing into a second term. The Government of Kaedrin had complicated that process for the incumbent however: now forcing candidates to state their party affiliation when registering as a candidate. The Mayor chose the party that was popular among his lobby, mostly consisting of government officials and the House of Pruvia-Albarosa: the Everardines. Beneath the surface brewed a frustration with the aristocratic, if not nepotistic, tendencies of the Commonwealth government in its day to day functioning. The government was ridden with de facto authority and informal advisors: schmoozing and lobbying between departments and peers to execute policy. It was an effective, albeit excluding system. For the commoners such as the families O’Rourke and Dubois, this was unacceptable. Padraig O’Rourke rose to the occasion to counter this clique, and attempt to make a municipal administration more accessible to the people. THE ASSASSINATION ACCUSATION In the evening before the election, right before the debate, Padraig O’Rourke accused the Mayor of making an attempt on his life through proxy. Allegedly a woman tried to lure the candidate away from Kaedrin, so that he may be murdered in his home. All of this was allegedly leaked by one of the contracted assassins to Padraig himself, who rushed to the town square to seek the safety of crowds. The accusation remained unproven, and the Bren campaign denied any involvement. The lack of evidence prompted the three moderators: Laurence Pruvia-Albarosa, Richard Helvets & Mariana Dubois to continue with the election debate. The atmosphere was horrid however, with tensions running high between House O’Rourke and House Bren. With both parties armed and cautious, the election debate would proceed as planned. THE RIGGING ATTEMPTS As the first ballots reached the Electoral Commission from the Office of the Premier, something became immediately apparent. Citizens from Helena and Hanseti-Ruska registered on non-existing addresses, or claimed to live in residences belonging to someone else. Fake identities were used as well. With nearly 43% of the ballots being illegitimate on the first day, the government of Kaedrin was shocked. Their democracy was under siege by Josephite and Everardine political skirmishes: being fought within the ballot boxes of Owynsburg. The government will review what can be done to combat this next election. CURRENT POLL: (Includes invalid ballots that are yet to be removed) 50% - EVERARDINE, INCUMBENT Mayor Edmund Bren 50% - JOSEPHITE, CHALLENGER Steward Padraig O’Rourke t
  8. CANDIDATES FOR THE SECOND MAYORAL ELECTION Attention all citizens of Kaedrin, The candidates for the Office of the Mayor of Owynsburg have been officially accepted by the Office of the Premier, and will find themselves on the ballot for the upcoming election. A mayoral debate will be held on {{Friday 22nd 6PM EST}} at Crider Court, Owynsburg. Voting on the candidates will be possible afterwards, with polls remaining open until {{Saturday 23rd 6PM EST}}. From this point forward, no other candidates may enlist to participate in the Second Mayoral Election. The debate will be between: THE INCUMBENT Mayor Edmund Bren Affiliation: Everardine Motto: To assure continued prosperity! THE CHALLENGER Steward Padraig O’Rourke Affiliation: Josephite Motto: Paddy for the People! The moderators will be Lt. Governor-General Richard Victor Helvets, Premier Laurence August Pruvia-Albarosa & Minister of Interior Mariana Dubois. [[Elections will be held through a google form instead of during the House of Commons, which will be made & published after the debate.]]
  9. BOOK OF PRUVIA-ALBAROSA “EVER GROWING” TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Preamble II. The Branches of the Rosebush III. Symbolism in the Coat of Arms IV. The House and Albarosan customs V. The Current Household PREAMBLE When Sir Alexander Joseph Pruvia and Julia Cantal gave birth to this particular lineage: it was still classified as a mere branch of the Princely House of Pruvia. Being the sole Princely house at the time, it stood both honorably and controversially as an icon of the old eras: where a singular House Horen styled itself with titles of extravagance. The role of our Imperial peerage had changed, and with that, the way it was revered and rewarded. Bloodline alone no longer could compensate for a lack of merit or value: even the peers of the realm had to be held to stricter standards. The era of arbitrary peers and guaranteed reverence due to lineage alone had finally past. But the iconography that House Pruvia represented, became increasingly troubling. For it was the issue of Alexander and Julia that rose to prominence in affairs of state and God, becoming jewels of diligence wherever placed. In the meantime, House Pruvia was embattled by its history of dubious successions and an overabundance of claimants to the Prince of Pruvia title. It was from this context that House Pruvia-Albarosa came to be established, an answer to the increased questioning of Princely legitimacy and the worth of its main lineage. THE BRANCHES OF THE ROSEBUSH As visible in the Coat of Arms, House Pruvia-Albarosa prides itself with three founding lines upon ascension as a peer of the realm. The line of Frederick Leopold is the main promulgator of the House, being the holder of the Viscounty of Pruvia-Albarosa respectively. The line of Laurence August is the secondary line which provides the heir-presumptive, for as long as Frederick Leopold has not produced an heir himself. The line of Philip Louis is the third line due to his union with Viktoriya Bennett, presenting the chance for further expansion of Pruvia-Albarosa. SYMBOLISM IN THE COAT OF ARMS I). The Bush of Albarose Each rose represents a line within the House Pruvia-Albarosa. (left to right) Laurence August, Frederick Leopold & Philip Louis. II). The Crown of Pruvia The former House of Pruvia was princely before its dissolution, the crown symbolizing such history behind the house. III). The Sword of Sir Alexander Joseph Pruvia The posthumous founder of the Pruvia-Albarosa line was also a knight of the realm, with his sword symbolizing leal servitude to the Imperial state. THE HOUSE AND ALBAROSAN CUSTOMS A young Laurence and Desiderata decorating a bust with Robert and Hildegarde. A TRAGEDY THAT DEFINED US THE DEATH OF DESIDERATA D’AMAURY While the House of Pruvia-Albarosa is often associated with papal intrigue and the Prince-Archbishopric with a similar name: the house finds its origins from a different world, where its dynasts once had different plans. Laurence had met the Provins-native Desiderata d’Amaury from a young age, and held her hand from childhood sweetheart to wife at the age of eighteen. She was troubled, but so was Laurence: they were a couple made to mutually tame their other half. Determined to make a family and live their dreams of opulence, both spend their collective fortunes with buying properties in Kaedrin and sought to birth many children. This succeeded rather easily, but the honeymoon had abruptly come to an end. On a radiant morning of that fateful day, the young family discovered that Desiderata was no longer home. Several hours later a Helvets-led search party would find her body in the swamps of Guise: her fair skin dirtied by the muddy waters stretching beyond the horizon. She had drowned herself, in one final attempt to escape from her demons. Laurence’s elder sibling, John Everard, would promptly guide his mourning brother to the comforts of clerical life: leaving his issue behind to be tutored by a palette of different government officials and clergymen, each sporadically carrying the impossible mantle of parenthood. Only after the assassination of Bishop Károly of Ves would Laurence return to Kaedrin, suddenly finding himself amidst his estranged children. His youngest was left as a baby, but now had his first conversations. His girl was becoming a very young lady. His family had grown without him, only complicating his sudden return to fatherhood further. While the family had reunited eventually, Laurence’s clerical vows stopped him from finding a new wife. They were to remain motherless, and Laurence became loveless: but they had persisted nonetheless. It is believed that this tragic period only made the family stronger: but at what cost? Charles and Hildegarde being baptized by the late Krisztián Cardinal Ves. THE ALBAROSAN HOUSE BEYOND A STATE OF MIND Albarosa is a word that has endured a rapid evolution of its definition: growing from a mere flexio translation of White Rose, to a diocese until it eventually became a cultural definition by itself. To understand why this word defines the culture of the House, we must first dissect it. Albarosa, the land Stretching around the holy mountain of St. Catherine, the Albarosan fields are prime land for vineyards and estates with excellent vistas: soil of indulgence for the most opulent of the Rhoswenii. While most has been ceded to the newfound Prince-Archbishopric of a similar name, the House grew up amidst a refined and spacious landscape. Here the more refined hobbies were made possible for young and old alike: from painting the landscapes to equestrian pastimes, hunting pheasants to breeding doves. While servants and later the clergy did the brunt of the work, the families of Albarosa got to enjoy the benefits. These hobbies remain strongly present, even if they no longer reside in their abode of origin. Albarosa, the diocese A father becoming a cardinal is a rare sight to behold, and an accomplishment that came with big sacrifices. Nonetheless, the job was hard to separate from the day to day affairs. The children, albeit late, were raised and surrounded by clerical notions and iconography. Church politics and intrigue were openly discussed at the dinner table. Their first friends, young acolytes or jovial monks. Unlike their contemporaries: their worldview was shaped by the hands of the clergy, more than the secular affairs of peers and state. This brought forth a generation of pious and stoic believers, adhering to the more Rhoswenii interpretations of the scrolls on social values with no flexibility. Prayers, homilies and holy figures are universally known and revered. But most importantly: clerical careers are equal, if not considered superior, to secular positions such as Chancellor or Mayor. It is no surprise then that the children fantasize over cardinals and pontiffs rather than knights and princesses. Imperial Kaedreni The forefathers of Pruvia-Albarosa are distinctly Imperial, growing up amongst the bustling streets of Helena and its bordering Provins estate. While the relationship with the Helenite branches became beyond estranged, the Imperial influences were too strong to be simply overridden. Instead, the Rhoswenii influences of their home mixed with that of their house. Perhaps lazily, this mixture is sometimes classified as ‘Albarosan’ as well. This renders most of their manifestations as neither entirely Imperial nor entirely Rhoswenii: combining the extravagance of the Rhoswenii with the politicking of the Helenite. The appointment of a new Majordomo is discussed over a picnic in Cathalon, as Simon Basrid’s card games are played with far less temperance than originally intended. They wear wigs and smoke Rocheforts like a true Rhoswenii, only to then speak in a very Novellen fashion. Whether you call it Imperial Kaedreni, Albarosan something undefinable: it is different. The courtiers of Pruvia-Albarosa try out new outfits, 1769. ARBITER ELEGANTARIUM COLLECTING AND CRAFTING BEAUTY The young Hildegarde Amalia is known throughout the Commonwealth as ‘The Rose of Kaedrin’, an honorary title created to declare a maiden the pinnacle of Rhoswenii femininity, either through fashion, art, festivities or all of these three. While it stands as the first recognition of the House’s cultural radiance in Kaedrin, it is but a tip of the iceberg in the story of Pruvia-Albarosa. For when you rewind the story by decades, when a Pruvia wasn’t a Bishop and the House was whole: you’d find Pruvian courtiers among most courts of the Empire. The innocent genesis of their cultural dominance started with the Princess of Pruvia’s tea parties and balls, gossip sessions and strolls through the gardens. The countesses, baronesses and courtiers all looked up to the cordial princess wearing the newest silks and using the most recent jargon: Novellen was her de facto home. But as more offspring reached the age of courting and lobbying, and with more and more Pruvians settling in the then recently revived Commonwealth of Kaedrin: the vacuum of Rhoswenii cultural benefactors was aggressively filled. The Pruvian clerical robes became a trend among the clergy. When they adopted Richard Helvets’ wigs, their courtiers and offspring followed suit. After founding the Rochefort cigarette company, most of the clergy and the Kaedreni government began to indulge in the hearty ware. Whatever they did became the norm. And with their wealth and connections, they could afford to maintain their pace. Anno 1770 the Pruvia-Albarosans boast a grotesque collection of wines, paintings and draperies that manage to still the Striga-like hunger for opulence only temporarily. The shadows of Carrington wealth and Novellen royalty never stopped a small house like Pruvia-Albarosa to carve a path of their own: crowning themselves as arbiter elegantarium, or authorities of taste. Sir Frederick Armas studies the family tree, flanked by anticipating Pruvians in Varoche Palace, 1769. THE PRUVIAN SPLIT THE DEMISE OF A POLITICAL FAMILY Most that lived in the Empire since the days of the Lord-Protector should be aware of House Pruvia. Historical princely status was given to John-Henry Pruvia, the lineal heir to the defunct throne of Vandoria, for being the chief architect of the greatest building of mankind: the Novellen Palace. As that era saw its sunset: the House had faced foes internally and externally, but not in the traditional sense. Those that wished to move past that dark era saw the princely title as a Pertinaxi remnant: a self-indulgent anomaly that reaffirmed poisonous notions about peerage by merely existing. Internally, the dubious election of Anna Maria as Princess plunged the House into an eternal succession strife. Trying to secure her grasp over a House she had reconstructed, Princess Anna abolished the elections to secure a hereditary succession for her firstborn son. This raised two questions within the House: did she have the authority to abolish an election, and if so, why didn’t Henry Louis or Sir Alexander Joseph inherit instead of her? Intrigue, jealousy and principles ensued, all interwoven in an ever escalating discussion between branches and representatives of posthumous claimants. Desperate to quell the situation, Richard Helvets sought out Sir Frederick Armas to mediate the issue within his court. As a result of this, two houses were formed out of one: Anna Maria’s line became House Pruvia-Provins and Sir Alexander Joseph’s became Pruvia-Albarosa: both Viscounties respectively. The princely title was dissolved, and the era of arbitrary peerage was finally over. THE CURRENT HOUSEHOLD Anno 1770 FREDERICK LEOPOLD PRUVIA-ALBAROSA Viscount of Pruvia-Albarosa [BigMacMoMo] Marital status: Unmarried Issue: None LAURENCE AUGUST PRUVIA-ALBAROSA Prince-Archbishop of Albarosa Cardinal Albarosa Premier of Kaedrin [Draeris] Marital status: Widower of Desiderata d’Amaury † [SaintCelestine] Issue: ROBERT GARIBALD PRUVIA-ALBAROSA [Quantumatics] HILDEGARDE AMALIA PRUVIA-ALBAROSA The Rose of Kaedrin [Axelu] BOHEMOND AUGUST PRUVIA-ALBAROSA [Sliw] CHARLES LOTHAIR PRUVIA-ALBAROSA [Proddiusmaximus] PHILIP LOUIS PRUVIA-ALBAROSA Mayor of Helena [SerFinnick] Marital status: Married to Viktoriya Bennett [TreeSmoothie] Issue: None PETER SIGISMUND PRUVIA-ALBAROSA [TheJollySouth] Marital status: Unmarried Issue: None JOHN EVERARD PRUVIA-ALBAROSA Solicitor for His Holiness James II [_Bueno_] Marital status: Unmarried Issue: None
  10. “I congratulate the lord P.P. for his ascension.” Laurence would state, raising his champagne glass.
  11. SECOND MAYORAL ELECTION OF OWYNSBURG Attention all citizens of Kaedrin, The term of the Municipal Government of Edmund Bren, 1765 - 1770, has ended before its official end due to the upcoming government reforms from the Premier of the Commonwealth. The Royal Cabinet of Kaedrin deems it expedient for a mayor to start his term simultaneously with the mandates of his new colleagues. Mayor Edmund Bren talking to Minister of Interior Mariana Dubois, 1766 We therefore call upon new elections for the Office of the Mayor of Owynsburg. We furthermore establish the following requirements before candidates can partake in this election: I). Must be sixteen years of age or older. II). Must have a registered address in the Commonwealth of Kaedrin. III). Must not be an incumbent to the Royal Cabinet, or a peer of the realm. IV). Must not have a criminal record. The tasks of the Mayor of Owynsburg are, in summary: I). Running the municipal government of Owynsburg. II). Generating income for the treasury of Owynsburg. III). Maintaining the local cultural sector. IV). Providing housing for residents and merchants. Once all candidates are registered, the election will commence and last for 24 saint's hours: where all eligible citizens will be able to cast their vote. To enter the election as a candidate, fill out the following application: NAME: AGE: ADDRESS: PARTY AFFILIATION: ELECTION SLOGAN:
  12. His Imperial Majesty speaking to Henry Frederick Helvets, flanked by the Commonwealth Government and the High Pontiff. THE CORONATION OF PETER II KING OF KAEDRIN, GRAND DUKE OF VES Let it be known that on the 7th of Tobias’ Bounty 1768, a great ceremony of joy and statecraft had occurred! His Imperial Majesty stood before the dias, flanked by Their Eminences Laurence Cardinal Albarosa and Erasmus Cardinal Ves. Before them stood His Holiness the High Pontiff James II, who spoke before the crowd: “Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today to crown our Emperor, Peter III, as King Peter II of Kaedrin. This commonwealth was first established by St. Peter of Gaekrin in leal service to Exalted Godfrey. Kaedrin is unique among the kingdoms of this great empire. It is the birthplace of democracy, the home of many of our saints, and the first kingdom to be created wholesale from territory conquered by Exalted Godfrey. It is, in a sense, the best example of what panhuman sentiment has to offer. Kaedrin is the culmination of the Imperial experiment: It lifts up and edifies the culture of its people as an integral part of a greater whole. Which is why His Imperial Majesty is greatly honored, I am sure, to receive this gift of kingship from Kaedrin's people. And why I will be honored to deliver it on their behalf.” Concluding the Homily, His Holiness proceeded to baptize His Imperial Majesty: with Their Eminences kneeling at his sides. “I baptize you again in the name of God, the Exalted, and the Saints. Be cleansed by the waters of Gamesh and be free from all sin and vice. Joins alia hodie gregem item nostrum significat has coepi alio itinere ad horam in lumine Domini.” From there, Laurence Cardinal Albarosa arose and took the scarlet pillow upon which the Crown of Kaedrin rested. Erasmus Cardinal Ves followed suit, raising a grand gilded cross as they all formed a line. A procession to the throne room of Varoche Palace had now commenced. Once His Imperial Majesty rested himself on the marble throne: the attendees to the ceremony seated themselves in the benches, His Holiness remaining at his side. Laurence Cardinal Albarosa followed with the crown raised for all to see, Erasmus Cardinal Ves trailing behind him. Once they stood before the throne: Their Eminences knelt as the Crown was presented to His Holiness. “Oh God, crown of the faithful, we beseech you bless this crown, and so sanctify thy servant Peter upon whose head thou dost place it, as a sign of royal majesty.” His Holiness took the crown with his nimble hands and placed it on His Imperial Majesty’s head. After that, he declared to the world: “I, James II, High Pontiff of the Church of the Canon, present you King Peter II of Kaedrin. God save the king!” As the Helvets brothers raised their blades and placed them at the feet of the new King, His Imperial Majesty spoke humbled to His Subjects: who had now lined up before him. Thus, His Imperial Majesty was crowned Peter II, King of Kaedrin and Grand Duke of Ves.
  13. “I congratulate the esteemed Cardinal Ves” Laurence would state before his gathering in Owynsburg, seeing an old title restored in the Bull “May you make Kaedrin proud, young one.” he turned to Erasmus, placing a hand on his shoulder.
  14. The Valley of Cathalon, a painting of 1765 THE RHOSWENII DREAM A PUBLICATION FOR THE RHOSWENII BOOK OF CULTURE, 1766 AUTHORED BY: PREMIER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF KAEDRIN ARCHBISHOP & CARDINAL OF ALBAROSA Laurence August Pruvia PRUVIAN HOUSE OF LITERATURE Pruvia District Nr. 5, Owynsburg Commonwealth of Kaedrin TABLE OF CONTENTS I. PREAMBLE II. DEFINING RHOSWENII III. FACETS OF THE RHOSWENII DREAM IV. MODERN FORMULATION V. THE RHOSWENII DREAM PREAMBLE Mankind is familiar with the concept of symbolism behind terms: vocabulary that, due to a historical context, transcend their literal definitions. The Rhoswenii dream is such a term, as it refers to a set of extremely abstract and esoteric worldviews that has defined the Kaedreni ever since the foundation of The White Rose. To define and analyse an ‘aesthetic’ and ‘feeling’, is a challenge that requires ample hands and great care. Those that partake in The Rhoswenii dream don’t necessarily reflect on the way it influences their lives or what its definition even is. Yet the Kaedreni can make a distinction between a Helenite and a Kaedreni purely on the basis of lifestyle and values. In this publication, I will use my unique duality of clerical and governmental insights to pen a proper analysis of the components that found The Rhoswenii dream. It would be a welcome benefit if the newcomers to the Commonwealth can profoundly understand its cultural heart, and its natives can see their fabric defined and explained. This publication is a part of a greater cultural work: to be known as ‘The Rhoswenii Book of Culture’, wherein the many facets of Kaedreni culture shall be enshrined and further elaborated upon. Ending generations of word-to-mouth continuation of this particular identity. DEFINING RHOSWENII The term Rhoswenii is often used interchangeably with Kaedreni, even though there is a crucial difference between the two. Kaedreni is an all encompassing term for residents within the Commonwealth of Kaedrin, while Rhoswenii refer to lineages that originated from The White Rose - whose capital county in ancient Anthos was, quite obviously, named Rhoswen. Houses such as Helvets, Marna & Reden have branches that go back to the genesis of Kaedrin and this esteemed military organization. This is deemed important due to the frontier nature of previous Kaedreni statehoods, where military hierarchies and the aristocratic families behind them embodied all that these states were. FACETS OF THE RHOSWENII DREAM The Rhoswenii Dream consists of various facets, from political to spiritual, that shapes a cohesive worldview that the Kaedreni adhere and aspire to manifest. When classifying each individually, one can trace back the individual origins of something that now encompasses each Kaedreni life entirely. THE FRONTIER Militarism The first renditions of Kaedrin as a nation were placed as a frontier between the realm of mankind and that of the Elves. The perpetual conflict with the Elves, and the reliance on military structures, established a fair degree of militarism in the day to day lives. A family that resided in the older Kaedrins relied on military salaries, business and employment to survive and thrive. Titles of peerage or capital were less relevant in comparison to holding high office within the White Rose, who went as far to attach a title of King to that of Grandmaster of the Order. Understanding this, one can argue that the prominent presence and reverence of troops creates an extensive romanticization of professional military careers. A young Rhoswenii has plenty of reason to, and is exposed to large quantities of influence, that makes him aspire to be a military hero from early on. To be able to serve your nation and expand it is the greatest manifestation of Rhoswenii destiny, and lives on as popular folktales and memorials in eras of peace. Agrarianism Rhoswenii ancestors had lived and prospered in a frontier state. But what this exactly meant depends on what you perceive as a ‘frontier’. The early renditions of Kaedrin were marked by a collection of estates granted by soldiers, and recently settled hamlets in conquered elven lands. The lack of infrastructure and urbanization was compensated by the strong presence of nature, in the forms of vast plains and strong agrarianism. This way of life dominated Rhoswenii history, being only shortly interrupted by the days of the Veszian metropole in the Republican Era. It has instilled a cultural need to live spacious and to have your own crops, with various Rhoswenii families growing from their autarky to large commercial enterprises. Even though the days of an endless frontier, conquest and decentralization are over: the modern Kaedreni still prides itself with estates and their agrarian lifestyles. ARISTOCRACY Schmoozing The Rhoswenii enjoyed a stark duality in reputation and perceived lifestyle: either being the warrior-kings of yore, or the wealthiest peers of the Empire. It should be to no surprise that the modern aristocratic trends such as wigs and cigarettes find their origin in the Commonwealth, much like how ancient pastimes such as hunting were reformed to indulge the modern Rhoswenii. The common comfort with weaponry and access to vast swathes of nature and plains made hunting an elegant pastime for the family, but also promoted space-demanding hobbies such as golfing or horse riding. The Commonwealth always was a complex pile of statecraft, which made these pastimes the perfect occasion to resolve matters of state: avoiding the bureaucracy and complicated relationships between jurisdictions in the process. Schmoozing, as the Rhoswenii call it, is the coal that burns the furnace. Specific cultural circumstances made it as essential as it is. Tradition The Rhoswenii had faced near extinction in more or less dramatic ways throughout their centuries of existence: from the all-or-nothing siege of the Dreadfort to the tough restoration after the burning of Ves. In every instance the Rhoswenii managed to persist, reunite and restore a successor to the infamous White Rose state. This reverence of the old ways and lineages manifests in traditions that might seem arbitrary to the outside: why must gatherings to drink wine be so formally initiated? Why do they address folks by titles instead of names? Why is violence frowned upon, until it involves honour? Because this is how it has always been among the Rhoswenii. The old ways are what binds the Rhoswenii to a social contract that transcends their nationhood. MODERN FORMULATION The Commonwealth anno 1765 is a unique rendition of Kaedrin: for the first time, newer lineages and cultures have taken a dominant place in government and society. With most Rhoswenii houses either extinct or low on offspring, the heritage of the Rhoswenii dream now is placed in new hands with new interpretations. We consider this the modern formulation of this concept: one that takes into account the different cultures and histories of the beholders. THE OFFICIAL FORMULATION OF THE COMMONWEALTH Interpretation through policy In an attempt to restore the Commonwealth to its former glory, and in turn attract migrants from other corners of the Empire: the Commonwealth government repetitively advertised to migrants to ‘come to Kaedrin and chase the Rhoswenii dream’. This advertised version removes the ethnic component that most Rhoswenii ideologies have, being oddly Josephite in universality and accessibility to all. Instead of focusing on the historical status quo of the rural frontier and aristocratic, it rather shines a light on the opportunity and value that an individual can enjoy in the Commonwealth. The narrative goes that if you are competent and civilized, you too can sip champagne in the estates of the Rhoswenii upper echelon. The dream isn’t tied to lineage, as much as it is to your own excellence. The many versions of the Residency Bill by the Alderman of Civil Affairs, the State of the Commonwealth speeches and Mayor Bren’s housing policy reaffirm this: with a variety of cultures and lineages being closely involved in governance due to their sheer excellence. They too are now a part of Kaedrin’s fabric, with its dreamy landscapes and excessive wealth. CLERICAL FORMULATION Interpretation through God The Commonwealth is remarkably symbiotic with the Holy Church of the Canon, in that most of the Albarosian and Veszian clergy simultaneously hold a variety of government offices in Kaedrin. Although they do not necessarily stray from the official rendition by its government, the clergy experience and describe the Rhoswenii dream differently from their contemporaries. Primarily, it links the clerical offices of the Church in Kaedrin with its echelons and wealth, Bishops and Archbishops being treated similarly to Counts and Dukes respectively. On top of that, the clergy plays an essential role in realizing the ‘aesthetic’ of the Rhoswenii dream: either through their vineyards, attraction of dignitaries or many experiencing a rags to riches story. The (former) Bishops of Ves are a good example: men who started as a poor farmhands and now schmooze with the Rhoswenii elite. This is a consistent occurrence among the clergy, rendering it a strong influence on how they perceive the Commonwealth as a society. They furthermore emphasize the divine precedents of extravagant living found in the Holy Scrolls, rather than focusing on economic opportunity like the government does. The good are rewarded with wealth in capital, friends and family: and showing these off is a form of gratitude to God. This paves the way for the extravagant, socialite lifestyle that all in Kaedrin aspire to have to find its way in the clergy as well. They can participate in it too, despite their vows to God and His Institution. THE RHOSWENII DREAM In summary: the Rhoswenii dream is both a goal and a reality in which the many citizens of the Commonwealth adhere to. It describes what success is: the ability to reside in a spacious estate where you own its land, where you can live extravagantly and self-sufficiently: finding yourself among socialites and the opportunities they offer. Achieving this would be the greatest emancipation and indulgence a human can achieve. It serves as a goal Rhoswenii and migrants can aspire to achieve during their lives in the Commonwealth, as much as it defines who is accomplished and who is not for Rhoswenii standards.
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