ANNOUNCEMENT We are the TOKYO CARTEL, an alliance of interested persons and free-thinking individuals, and the political alliance responsible for the creation of much Wealth & Welfare in Daitoukyou. We stand before the World now to issue a call to action, to the Japanese nation. It is time for you to act! The insidious Kyoto Group may call themselves a national front of Japan, but what they really are is a seizure of demons, a convulsion away from the scintillating light of civilization. In Tokyo, and with the help of our benefactors, these past 40 years we have seen Japan transformed into a modern Nation, one that truly deserves respect and acknowledgement from the entire world, and those of us who acknowledge reality agree that our lives have never been better. We have lived and worked with our American colleagues, and their friends from other Nations and Empires, for many years, and we have created a culture of harmony, peaceful coexistence, and progress. We are an example to a world filled with chaos and disorder that it is possible for goodness to exist, unremitted by the bloody chaos of selfish idealists and unmitigated fools. To-day, Japan is a safe harbor for people of all faiths and creeds, and we believe that we have earned the mantle that was offered to us when we joined under the aegis of the United States government. It is the tradition of the United States politics that all people are created equal, and that they are endowed by whatever forces of Creation exist with equal rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Fulfillment. We, too, hold these truths to be self-evident, and we consider it our sacred duty to act in their defense. That is why we make a twin declaration. First, we declare that we will seize the moment in a time when initiative is scarce. Our government is plagued by rebels at home, and rather than be swept up in a tide of chaos, we must steel ourselves and work ever-harder for the preservation of the Union. Hence, we declare that we will use our powers to combine and mobilize the resources of Daitoukyou and Japan to crush the rebellion emerging from the Japanese National Front. Make no mistake: they are not salvation. They are starvation. They will drag us, bleeding and broken, back into the dark ages we have worked so hard to escape from. It is sheer foolishness to dwell on such petty nationalisms over the purity of universal republicanism. Hence, we consider it our sacred duty to crush the Japanese National Front at all costs, and we will devote every spare effort to this end. Second, we declare that we are no longer content with being an imperial territory. We have clearly earned the right to be considered U.S. citizens, same as any other, by dint of our common ideals; and have made good on that right by proving ourselves countless times before as loyal, cosmopolitan citizens. We demand to be considered an equal Commonwealth, a true voting member of the Union, and in accordance with our Constitution, we demand this membership is afforded by stripping it from Allegheny. Allegheny have demonstrated their treason more severely than any of the other rebel movements. The rest, we identify in them genuine Ideals that we Sympathize with, if their current petty rages need to be quelled. Make no mistake, we support the Federal government at all ends. However, we expect to be rewarded for our loyal service, and the treason of the Enclave is as profound as our very character. In these desperate times, we will triumph and persevere, and restore the glory of democracy to the crest of our great international Republic. Forward Japan!