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The Republican Kingdom of Grand and Belluterra

Post by emperordaniel on 24th April 2011, 18:09


This post will be updated as I get more information about the Republican Kingdom. In the meantime, enjoy this information


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Flag of the Republican Kingdom of Grand and Belluterra


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Coat of Arms of the Republican Kingdom of Grand and Belluterra


National Motto (NOT the motto on the CoA):
God is our Refuge and Strength



more coming soon...
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Post by emperordaniel on 24th April 2011, 19:00

Two things: 1) Can someone do that wavy-flag effect for my flag? and 2) [Only admins are allowed to see this link] today's edition of the Francistown Times, so that you can understand part of the first update, coming soon!
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Post by emperordaniel on 26th April 2011, 14:43

First update as an AIN observer, tomorrow! Smile
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Re: The Republican Kingdom of Grand and Belluterra

Post by ForthWall on 26th April 2011, 15:28

Can't wait Smile
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Re: The Republican Kingdom of Grand and Belluterra

Post by emperordaniel on 27th April 2011, 19:59

Today was a busy day, so I wasn't able to get them today Sad

Don't worry, I'll get them within 72 hours Smile
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Re: The Republican Kingdom of Grand and Belluterra

Post by Thomas on 28th April 2011, 18:03

We don't need continuous updates about when you'll post the images Daniel. Just post them when you can. Wink

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Re: The Republican Kingdom of Grand and Belluterra

Post by emperordaniel on 28th April 2011, 18:27

Ok Laugh That takes a lot of pressure off me Cheeky/Razz Thanks Thomas!
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Post by emperordaniel on 6th May 2011, 14:16

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King-Emperor Daniel IV & I- A biography in brief


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L-R: King-Emperor Daniel IV & I, King-Emperor-Elect Charles I

King Daniel IV was born Prince Daniel John Alexander Phillip Petersroy, on the 19th of February, 1974, to King Daniel III and Grand Princess Alicia, the second of three sons and five daughters from his father's first wife, a little over five years after the conclusion of the Third Island War. Due to the fact that the Royal Palaces were still being reconstructed after being devastated during the aforementioned war, the Royal Family spent most of their time aboard the Royal Yacht GRY Heavenly, where the prince was born. His childhood was marked by the civil unrest that plagued both Grand and Belluterra in the 70s, caused by the wake of the Third Island War, and also in the case of Grand, the usual cause of the Spanish rebelling again. These events, and others as well, convinced the young prince that at least in the case of Grand, constitutional monarchy was a failure, and a return to the absolutism of his forefathers was nessecary. He also resolved to try to help his older brother Charles to try and reunite Grand and Belluterra, which had so fatefully separated in 1790. However, Prince Imperial Charles died after a short battle with cancer in 1986, making Daniel the new Prince Imperial, and therefore, he was to be the next in line to the throne. He soon began to take over several of the Royal duties from his aging father.
He retired from politics in 1990 to marry his childhood friend Amanthis McCloskey. However, being the next in line, he was unable to completely leave politics, and eventually, he was forced to reenter politics. The overthrow of the ruling Communist Party of Belluterra in 1992, with secret funding from Grand, brought Prince Daniel's goals one step closer to completion. That year was also the year in which he and his wife had their first child, a daughter, who they christened May, after the month she was born in. A little less than a year later, they had another child, a son, who they called Charles. Their third child, Prince Luke, was born in 1996.
King Daniel III died in late 1997, at the age of 68, thus making Daniel the new king. A few days before his coronation, his wife gave birth to another daughter, who they named Frances. A few hours after he was crowned King Daniel IV, a man tried to shoot him with a pistol, which misfired, however. This was the first of over a dozen attempts on his life over the next 13 years or so. He soon opened negotiations with the newly-inaugurated President of Belluterra to reunite the country. These overtures were favorably received, and the official date of reunion was set for May 10, 1998. When that date arrived, King Daniel I was crowned Emperor Daniel I of Belluterra, merging the two countries into one, to great celebration, after 208 years of existing separately. In 1999, King Daniel finally had the consitution amended to effectively make the nation an absolute monarchy, with the exception of Belluterra. Later that year, Prince William was born. He would be the last member of the Royal Family born in the 20th century.
Princess Amanthis was born in late 2001, providing a new member to the ever-growing Royal Family. After September 11, the nation sent their condolences to the US, while also tightening their own security, and also declaring a still-existent state of martial law in Lamer Province, in order to be able to quickly and effectively crush any uprising among the Spanish. When the US invaded Afghanistan, however, the condemnation was strong, and Grand refused to participate in any way. A few days before the US invaded Iraq in 2003, the Grand Princess had twins, who they christened Mary and Anna. When Bush invaded Iraq, King Daniel called the claims about WMD "a bunch of f****** b*******", and threatened to pull out of the UN unless either the UN stopped the US, or the US stopped the invasion. When the ultimatum expired, Grand and Belluterra did as they threatened, and left. In 2009, they launched their still-classified spaceship, unmanned. It was radio-controlled the entire flight, and successfully returned a few days later In 2010, they completed their project to send a man into space- 5 men actually, to test their own variant of the Space Shuttle, similar in some respects to both the Buran and the Space Transport System, but different in others, such as the ability to refuel in space, and the ability to leave Earth orbit. The crew made a triumphant return a few days later. In October 2010, Grand Princess Amanthis II presented him with what would be his final child, a son, who they named Prince Michael, after his recently-deceased uncle. In early 2011, the Royal House was scandalized when it was discovered that the King-Emperor's oldest daughter, Princess May, had disappeared after having an affair with an unknown person. The Princess was discovered living under an assumed name in the Stone Republic over a month later, and she was subsequently extradited to Grand, where after standing trial on numerous charges, was sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison. Later, King Daniel sent in the Republican Kingdom's official application to join the Alliance of Independent Nations as an observer. While the application was under voting, the birthday of his oldest son, Prince Imperial Charles, rolled around, During the traditional outdoor festivities, one of the King's bodyguards, now determined to have been in the pay of the outlawed SLA, or Spanish Liberation Army, turned on the King and shot him twice. The Prince Imperial was one of the others who was wounded, although he was back to work within 5 days. Later, he sent in an application to join the interplanetary union, the United Sovereign Nations of the World. The nation was accepted on the 2nd of May. King-Emperor Daniel IV & I died in his bed yesterday, at 6:55 PM, not long after receiving Holy Communion, with many members of his family and friends with him. His last words, spoken to Charles, were these: "Keep our nations united."

World leaders have been invited to the funeral, which shall take place on the 10th. So far, President Kyle Johnson of New Chandler has confirmed that he will be there.
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Post by emperordaniel on 11th May 2011, 00:49

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It was unknown if the Grand Financial Representative of the Oblast of Óstrëlaka was going to make it to the funeral, but his plane landed about half and hour before the funeral, plenty of time to get there.

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The ceremony has begun with a service in memory of the late King-Emperor. Among the foreign dignitaries in the crowd are:
1: President Alex Fisher of the Autonomous Presidential Republic of Belluterra,
2: President Kyle Johnson of the Provincial Republic of New Chandler,
3: King Jordan I of the Kingdom of Waterbridge,
4: Prime Minister Matthew Whitehead of the Stone Republic,
5: King Xue Hong of the Kingdom of Astey,
6: Vasilissa Sofia II of the Kingdom of Posillipo,
7: Damien Rougessi, Ambassador for the United Kingdom of Cattala to the Republican Kingdom of Grand and Belluterra, and
8: Michael Kornejev, Grand Financial Representative for the Oblast of Óstrëlaka.

High King Charles Andrei IV of the United Imperial Kingdom of Posillipo and Astey planned to attend, but something came up at the last minute and he wasn’t able to attend, but he still sent his condolences.

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The procession has begun, with the sarcophagus being carried by six pallbearers, with the royal family directly behind them, the foreign dignitaries behind them, and multitudes of Grandians and Belluterrans behind them.

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The procession passes through the Great Hall on its way out of the inner palace.

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As the sun begins to set, the procession nears the magnificent marble tomb constructed for Daniel.

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After the sarcophagus has been put on its specially-carved pedestal, Emperor-Elect Charles I passes by the sarcophagus to pay his last respects, followed by the rest of the royal family, the foreign dignitaries, and the rest of the crowd.

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The sun has almost set as the crowd disperses to go back home. The foreign dignitaries are staying in the palace for the night, and will begin to return to their respective nations, if they wish, tomorrow morning.



Khot hap ee ko,

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Post by Forsma on 11th May 2011, 04:51

(Sorry but in the next update, could you turn your pictures into JPEG?)

Otherwise nice work... I meant on the pictures not the events..
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Post by Huston on 11th May 2011, 06:48

Nice Job with the update, Nice photoshopping! ( 😢 )
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Post by Kevin on 11th May 2011, 09:40

Didn't know that they used such old planes in Adonia Cheeky/Razz

Nice stuff there! Laugh
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Post by Thomas on 11th May 2011, 18:03

Looks good, but I'm not sure about the editing of the pictures. I think dawn/dusk can be achieved better with lightening/darkening effects rather than changes to the saturation. Smile

And yes, please do make them JPEGs rather than PNGs.

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Post by emperordaniel on 13th May 2011, 17:51

Dryan: Ok, I'll remember that for the future... thanks! Smile

Huston: We've got a problem Cheeky/Razz
Just joking. Thanks a lot!

Kevin: Ask Ernst about the plane, it belongs to the Grand Financial Minister of Ostrelaka. Cheeky/Razz

Thomas: Ok, I'll remeber that for the future Laugh
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Post by emperordaniel on 3rd June 2011, 18:10

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Accomplices of David Zhou arrested

Today, after a brief seige of one of the few large, wealthy houses in Laguna la Mer, ten Ensuñans were arrested as prime suspects in the assassination of King-Emperor Daniel I. The involved vehicles included a tank, three helicopters, and a gunboat. The suspects were caught with, among other things, 10 unopened cases of bullets identical to the ones used to kill Emperor Daniel I and Duke Horace IX, among others. The suspects are expected to be brought before the USNW High Court within two weeks, in what will likely be the USNWHC's first case. The suspect's names and ages are:

Felipe Sanchez, 29
Marco Fernandez, 45
Leonardo Fernandez, 39
Jose Gonzalez, 27
Adolfo Marquez, 53
Sebastian Rosales, 37
Pedro Guerra, 45
Pablo Mendizabal, 35
Manuel O'Ryan. 21
Francisco Sancho, 57

The charges per person are expected to include:

Illegal possession of firearms (30 years)
Illegal possession of bullets (10 years)
Illegal possession of explosive substances (35 years)
Accomplices in five counts of murder (5 death sentences)
Ten counts of attempted murder (10 death sentences)
Second-Degree Treason (death sentence) [WILL NOT BE TRIED IN USNWHC]
Membership in an illegal organization, the Ensuñan Liberation Army [ELA] (50 years)
Three counts of assault (30 years)

More information on this story as it develops.


In other news:

Execution by hanging of David Zhou to take place this Sunday; general public invited to what will likely be the last public execution in Grand


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Post by Thomas on 3rd June 2011, 19:42

Membership in an illegal organization? Sounds like that law could be misused quite easily...

Other than that, great! Well, not great for David Zhou et al, but great for you!

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Post by Blakeway4 on 4th June 2011, 21:44

Grand looks like a totalitarian nation. LOL at the (10 death sentences) if you got this, you'll be killed 10 times! yeah! Cheeky/Razz
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Post by emperordaniel on 18th June 2011, 23:45

REPLIES:
Thomas: Well, we'll try not to abuse it, the people have rights of course, but you never know :twisted: Cheeky/Razz

Blakeway: Well, not exactly; Grand is essentially a benevolent dictatorship, Belluterra is a semidemocracy, and Malo (Grand's dependency, which is larger than Grand itself) is a full democracy with a similar system to the UK.
Oh, and Grand has a system that revives the criminal after execution, so he can be executed again Cheeky/Razz jk



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10 AIN points to whoever can guess this within 48 hours (oh, but don't say anything if you already saw this Wink)

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good luck guessing! Smile
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Post by Blakeway4 on 19th June 2011, 00:59

The First Battle of Mousford? Wink
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Post by Thomas on 19th June 2011, 11:31

Guess what? It looks like Posillipo's flag, so probably Grand and Belluterra were attacked by Posillipo courtesy of Matt's photoshopping?

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Post by Forsma on 22nd June 2011, 08:38

um? 19th Century? Perhaps Posillipo invaded Grand or something?
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Post by emperordaniel on 22nd June 2011, 10:12

Replies:

Blakeway: You got it! Expect a rise in AIN points real soon! Wink

Thomas: Close, but not exact. Cheeky/Razz In the overall war, it was Posillipo attacking Grand, but in that particular battle, it was Grand attacking Posillipo; that's the (then) Grandian flag flying in the pic Wink

976: You got it about the invasion, but the century's wrong Cheeky/Razz It's the 18th century Wink
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Post by emperordaniel on 5th July 2011, 21:09

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Sheuias banned in Grand
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A typical sheuias plantation


FRANCISTOWN, GRA- After a long legal battle, lasting over 15 years, the herb Akron grandensis, popularly known in Grand as sheuias, has been officially declared an illegal drug, only fit for use in laboratory experiments, and even then, only with Royal permission.

An addictive drug, sheuias is harvested from the unopened buds of the Akron bush, which are then roasted in minature fires to open them up in order to extract the oils, and also to give them a distinctive smell. The burnt sheuias buds are then mingled with old pine needles, have the sheuias oil poured over it, and smoked. It is relatively scarce in the wild, but is easily cultivated, making it possible for widespread sheuias cultivation across the nation. Sheuias consumption has usually dropped during times of turmoil in the nation, but always has picked up afterwards. It was banned only once before, during the Trentannian occupation of Grand (1941-1952). The Trentannian anti-sheuias campaign was extremely successful, and the entire species was on the verge of extinction, until the Trenntannian's withdrawal, and the subsequent defeat of the Grand Republic.

The decision, which was handed on the evening of July 4th, has been met with scattered protests across the nation, but nevertheless. The law, which shall go into effect on the 16th, will prohibit any unauthorized use of sheuias, with a penalty of anywhere from one to sixty years for posession of it, depending on the quantity possessed, and a penalty of anywhere from five to seventy-five years for unauthorized cultivation of the drug, and death for unauthorized trafficking of the substance.






First Grandian nuclear test in 40 years scheduled to take place on the 10th
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Operation Golden Cloud, the first (and only to date) Grandian detonation of a nuclear weapon


APELKOS, MAL- Today, it was confirmed in a press conference that Grand is resuming nuclear tests, codenamed "Operation Desert", beginning this Sunday. Most details of the operation are still classified, and will remain so for years, a few details have been released. Among the few details relating to the resumption of nuclear testing released in the conference is that the first shot, "Desert Fox", will have an expected yield of around 35 kilotons. Operation Desert will be the first nuclear test to occur in the Forgian Desert Firing Range, near the Forgian border. Forgia is expected to lodge an official protest over the matter, and this is very likely to worsen the already bad relations between the Kingdom of Malo and our neighbor, the Sultanate of Forgia.





In other news...

- Sir John William Marshall of Francistown elected as first USNW Minister of Defense
- Kingdom of Malo confirmed as first destination on Emperor Charles I's world tour after his coronation, making him the first Grandian monarch to visit the Kingdom of Malo
- First Annual Defers International Film Festival to begin in a week; anticipation awaits all the nations with films entered
- MS Queen of Adonia, the largest passenger ship in the world, begins cruises next month
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