1. We have added a Gift Upgrades feature that allows you to gift an account upgrade to another member, just in time for the holiday season. You can see the gift option when going to the Account Upgrades screen, or on any user profile screen.
    Dismiss Notice

Capto Iugulum: 1920 - 1939

Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by EQandcivfanatic, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. theDright

    theDright King

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2011
    Messages:
    605
    To: Brazil
    From: Argentina


    Argentina is glad to hear that Brazilian Moralism will not abandon the liberal, democratic, and republican principles that have so championed by Brazil over the last century. We are concerned however, that Moralist thought elsewhere in the Americas has proven, on the whole, to be illiberal, autocratic, and tyrannical. Brazil should not compromise, or appear to compromise, its' foreign policy of promotion of liberal democratic republicanism, merely because a popular dictator decides to call himself Moralist.

    Also, Hawaii is located in the oceans surrounding the American continents, in the Western hemisphere, and closer to the Americas than any other continent. If their Republic want to join the Accord, we see no reason not to have them.

    OOC: And Brazil doesn't have a Moralist government at the moment. :p
     
  2. christos200

    christos200 Never tell me the odds

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2011
    Messages:
    12,061
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    EU, Greece, Athens
    Official Document of the Government of the Empire of Burgundy

    Voted by the Imperial Senate, approved by the Government and signed by the Emperor.

    The Senate has officialy voted for the approval of the budget of this year and for an economic program named ''Policy for Recovery of the economy of the Empire of Burgundy''. The Government shall set 78 EP's each year for a period of five years for the recovery of the economy. This spending will have to be continued even in the event of a government change.

    Signed by:

    Emperor Robert de Paris
    Imperial Chancellor Florent Archambault

    Approved by:

    The Imperial Senate, session 5, year 1930
     
  3. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    Messages:
    11,578
    Location:
    On the Zee
    To: Croatia
    From: Hungary

    We do not recognize the legitimacy of your state and therefore will not be engaged in further chatter.

    To: Argentina
    From: Uruguay

    A religious state is a strong state, bound to faith and ideals. It is of course not exclusive with the concept of democracy, as we have sought merely to integrate the spiritual well-being of the nation with the physical one. Moralism is the path for a nation to take a step back from the decadence created by modern cultures of apathy and decay, as often exemplified by your own media. We hope that you will also learn of the severe moral danger your entreprenuers have created towards the world and take steps to rectify the situation.

    To: Argentina
    From: Oranjien

    Though we had not initially intended upon extending our defensive agreement, the instability of South Africa is a sure sign of the times. We propose extending all current agreements by another ten years.

    To: Pan-American Democratic Accord
    From: Hawaii

    We are happy to accept your invitation to join your august organization.

    To: Brazil
    From: Cuba

    We see your gracious extension of friendship as a sign of true light and benevolence in a hostile world. We thank you for your offer of normalization, and the Brazilian embassy is free to conduct business as before. As an added bonus, we'll present you with the extensive seized liquor cabinet of the fled Vinlander embassy.
     
  4. Lord_Iggy

    Lord_Iggy Tsesk'ihe

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2005
    Messages:
    24,565
    Location:
    Yukon
    OOC: Pity that Brazil's a teetotaler. :/

    IC:

    To: Hawaii
    From: Vinland


    Welcome!
     
  5. Jehoshua

    Jehoshua Catholic

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2009
    Messages:
    7,194
    Caritas in Veritate

    ~Pontifical Encyclical on Charity and Truth

    -

    Spoiler :
    Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. Love is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous virtue in the cause of justice and peace. It is a force that has its origin in God, who is Eternal Love and Absolute Truth. Each person finds his true good by adherence to God's plan for him, in order to realize it fully: in this plan, he finds truth, and through adherence to this truth he becomes free (cf. Jn 8:32). To defend the truth, to articulate it with humility and conviction, and to bear witness to it in life are therefore exacting and indispensable forms of charity. Charity, in fact, “rejoices in the truth” (1 Cor 13:6). Thus the Catholic, rejoicing in the truth and in the faith of Christ his saviour, is compelled to proclaim truth to all people. This proceeds from love of God and love of neighbour, for all people feel the interior impulse to love authentically: and love and truth never abandon them completely even in the midst of the sin that afflicts human nature, because these are the vocations planted by God in the heart and mind of every human person. This search for love and truth is purified and liberated by Jesus Christ from the impoverishment that our humanity brings to it, and he reveals to us in all its fullness the initiative of love and the plan for true life that God has prepared for us. In Christ, charity in truth becomes the Face of his Person, a vocation for us to love our brothers and sisters in the truth of his plan. Indeed, he himself is the Truth (cf. Jn 14:6).

    Charity therefore is at the heart of the Church's social doctrine. Every responsibility and every commitment spelt out by that doctrine is derived from charity which, according to the teaching of Jesus, is the synthesis of the entire Law (cf. Mt 22:36- 40). It gives real substance to the personal relationship with God and with neighbour; it is the principle not only of micro-relationships (with friends, with family members or within small groups) but also of macro-relationships (social, economic and political ones). For the Church, instructed by the Gospel, charity is everything because, as Saint John teaches (cf. 1 Jn 4:8, 16) “everything has its origin in God's love, everything is shaped by it, everything is directed towards it.” Love is God's greatest gift to humanity, it is his promise and our hope.

    However charity has been and continues to be in the current age misconstrued and emptied of meaning, with the consequent risk of being misinterpreted, detached from ethical living and, in any event, undervalued. In the social, juridical, cultural, political and economic fields — the contexts, in other words, that are most exposed to this danger — it is easily dismissed as irrelevant for interpreting and giving direction to moral responsibility. Hence we see the need to link charity with truth, and Truth needs to be sought, found and expressed within the “economy” of charity, but charity in its turn needs to be understood, confirmed and practised in the light of truth. In this way, not only do we do a service to charity enlightened by truth, but we also help give credibility to truth, demonstrating its persuasive and authenticating power in the practical setting of social living. This is a matter of no small account today, in a social and cultural context born from the ontological errors that are so prominent today (evident at the core of proletarism and liberalism in particular), which relativizes truth, often pays little heed to it and even shows increasing reluctance to acknowledge its very existence.

    Through its close link with truth however, charity can be recognized as an authentic expression of humanity and as an element of fundamental importance in human relations, including those of a public nature. However only in truth does charity shine forth, only in truth can charity be authentically lived. Truth is the light that gives meaning and value to charity. That light is both the light of reason and the light of faith, through which the intellect attains to the natural and supernatural truth of charity: it grasps its meaning as gift, acceptance, and communion. Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way. In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love. It falls prey to contingent subjective emotions and opinions, the word “love” is abused and distorted, to the point where it comes to mean the opposite, warped into an egotistical self-centredness that cuts man off from his fellows. Truth frees charity from the constraints of an emotionalism that deprives it of relational and social content, and of a fideism that deprives it of human and universal dimensions. In the truth, charity reflects the personal yet public dimension of faith in God, who is both Agápe and Lógos: Charity and Truth, Love and Word.

    Because it is filled with truth, charity can be understood in the abundance of its values, it can be shared and communicated. Truth, in fact, is lógos which creates diá-logos, and hence communication and communion. Truth, by enabling men and women to let go of their subjective opinions and impressions in service to itself, allows them to move beyond cultural and historical limitations and to come together in the assessment of the value and substance of things. Truth opens and unites our minds in the lógos of love: this is the Christian proclamation and testimony of charity. In those places where there is a widespread tendency to relativize truth, practising charity in truth helps people to understand that adhering to the values of Christianity is not merely useful but rather an essential necessity for building a good and just society oriented to the common good and for true integral human development. A Christianity of charity without truth would be more or less interchangeable with a pool of good sentiments, helpful for social cohesion, but of little relevance as we see with many forms of protestantism. In other words, there would no longer be any real place for God in the world. Without truth, charity is confined to a narrow field devoid of relations. It is excluded from the plans and processes of promoting human development of universal range, in dialogue between knowledge and praxis.

    Charity received and given from the Lord, is what gives rise to the Church's social teaching, which is caritas in veritate in re sociali: the proclamation of the truth of Christ's love in society. This doctrine is a service to charity, but its locus is truth. Truth preserves and expresses charity's power to liberate in the ever-changing events of history. It is at the same time the truth of faith and of reason, both in the distinction and also in the convergence of those two cognitive fields. Development, social well-being, the search for a satisfactory solution to the grave socio-economic problems besetting humanity, all this needs this truth. What they need even more is that this truth should be loved and demonstrated in the lives of those who would proclaim it. Without truth, without trust and love for what is true, there is no social conscience and responsibility, and social action ends up serving private interests and the logic of power, resulting in social fragmentation, especially in a globalized society at difficult times like the present.

    In this context, we begin to see that justice is not antithetical to charity. However Charity also goes beyond justice, because to love is to give, to offer what is “mine” to the other; but it never lacks justice, which prompts us to give the other what is “his”, what is due to him by reason of his being or his acting. I cannot “give” what is mine to the other, without first giving him what pertains to him in justice. If we love others with charity, then first of all we are just towards them. Not only is justice not extraneous to charity, not only is it not an alternative or parallel path to charity: justice is inseparable from charity, and intrinsic to it. Justice is the primary way of charity, an integral part of the love “in deed and in truth” (1 Jn 3:18), to which Saint John exhorts us. On the one hand, charity demands justice: recognition and respect for the legitimate rights of individuals and peoples. It strives to build the earthly city according to law and justice. On the other hand, charity transcends justice and completes it in the logic of giving and forgiving. The earthly city is promoted not merely by relationships of rights and duties, but to an even greater and more fundamental extent by relationships of gratuitousness, mercy and communion. Charity always manifests God's love in human relationships as well, it gives theological and salvific value to all commitment for justice in the world. Thus the Christian is compelled by this logic to respect and love his fellow man, to give him what is his (which is fundamentally his rights to liberty and peace, and to the care of his neighbours) but at the same time to give him what the Catholic possesses already, the fullness of the truth, the good news of the gospel which Christ commanded us to teach to all nations.

    Another important consideration is the common good. To love someone is to desire that person's good and to take effective steps to secure it. Besides the good of the individual, there is a good that is linked to living in society: the common good. It is the good of “all of us”, made up of individuals, families and intermediate groups who together constitute society. It is a good that is sought not for its own sake, but for the people who belong to the social community and who can only really and effectively pursue their good within it. To desire the common good and strive towards it is a requirement of justice and charity. To take a stand for the common good is on the one hand to be solicitous for, and on the other hand to avail oneself of, that complex of institutions that give structure to the life of society, juridically, civilly, politically and culturally, making it the pólis, or “city”. The more we strive to secure a common good corresponding to the real needs of our neighbours, the more effectively we love them. Every Christian is called to practise this charity, in a manner corresponding to his vocation and according to the degree of influence he wields in the pólis. This is the institutional path — we might also call it the political path — of charity, no less excellent and effective than the kind of charity which encounters the neighbour directly, outside the institutional mediation of the pólis. When animated by charity, commitment to the common good has greater worth than a merely secular and political stand would have. Like all commitment to justice, it has a place within the testimony of divine charity that paves the way for eternity through temporal action. Man's earthly activity, when inspired and sustained by charity, contributes to the building of the universal city of God, which is the goal of the history of the human family. In an increasingly globalized society, the common good and the effort to obtain it cannot fail to assume the dimensions of the whole human family, that is to say, the community of peoples and nations, in such a way as to shape the earthly city in unity and peace, rendering it to some degree an anticipation and a prefiguration of the undivided city of God through the joy and participation of faith in public life.

    In this therefore we see illuminated the need for Christians to do as Christ commanded and ‘love one another as I have loved you”, and the necessity for Christians not to separate faith from various aspects of life, but rather to infuse it in everything. For the charity of the common good, and love for the other in Truth, compels all Christians to see the world as a holistic reality, where each individual is connected to one another, and all realities of human life are connected together as a whole. In proclaiming charity in truth, and more importantly living this reality the Christian works to build a better society in justice, and works for the unity of the one human family. In this way therefore, always turned towards Christ and the One True Faith, Christians can put aside the pettiness and division that the devil seeks to sow amongst us like a wolf amongst sheep and transcend the errors inherent to misguided nationalism and to the various secular ideologies that seek to pit some groups of men against others and truly find a just and lasting peace within society. Through charity in truth the christian can work for the true betterment of his fellows, and of himself in this life, and serves to fulfil his God-given vocation in service to the gospel, and for the salvation of souls.


    -

    IC:

    To: Brazil and Cuba
    CC: Venezuela, Colombia, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile
    From: The Holy See


    The Holy See is pleased at this sign of reconciliation amongst formerly estranged nations, and hopes that with the grace of Christ, and in light of the eternal truth of the gospel, your example of peace will serve as an example for the nations of the world of the need for unity and peace, and fraternal love amongst all members of the one human family

    ~ Pope Paul VI

    -

    ooc: Encyclical text has been spoilered to avoid a text wall and I'm sure the clergy will take the cabinet to keep the liturgical wine.

    Oh, and to summarise the encyclical for those who may not read it, its basically addresses four issues at once (the argentine schism, the divisions between Colombia and Venezuela, extremism in Paraguay and Argentina and attacks by liberals on the principle of a religious state) by explaining the Church's vision on the underlying themes which link all these issues, namely the conceptions of charity and truth, and explaining why the Church teaches and acts how it does.
     
  6. Lord_Iggy

    Lord_Iggy Tsesk'ihe

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2005
    Messages:
    24,565
    Location:
    Yukon
    OOC: Mead and Vodka can be used as liturgical wine? ;)
     
  7. talonschild

    talonschild Drive-By NESer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2011
    Messages:
    1,954
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    There's a recorded case of some lord or other being given oatcake and whisky as a substitute for bread and wine as he lay dying far from bakeries and vineyards.
     
  8. Jehoshua

    Jehoshua Catholic

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2009
    Messages:
    7,194
    In the Catholic Church mead and vodka are no substitute for wine, since correct matter must be used. However the storage compartment of the liqours can be used to store wine instead, and the non-wine beverages can be publically disposed of as an example against excessive drinking.
     
  9. Lord_Iggy

    Lord_Iggy Tsesk'ihe

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2005
    Messages:
    24,565
    Location:
    Yukon
    @EQ- I was talking with bombshoo about whether or not Puerto Rico was in PADA or not. It's still really unclear. PR elected a leader who wanted closer relations with Brazil, Brazil told PR to leave PADA, Vinland said there was no reason PR couldn't do both, then an update offhandedly mentioned that PR had already left. Later, you expressed your uncertainty as to their situation. So are they in or out, or can bombshoo decide?
     
  10. Circuit

    Circuit Writing Letters

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Messages:
    1,927
    Location:
    United States
    OOC: EQ, I don't recall having ever made any promise for Australian dominion status, let alone in 1929. Only Vinland discussed Australian independence and I told him that Australian independence would be discussed only when calls were made. The issue did not come up until last year, with this article:

    My last orders read as such:

    Given that the article makes no mention of the supposed dominion status that was slated to take place in 1929, this recent development strikes me as a diversion from the narrative of CI. Furthermore, in our private conversations, I told you my plans for Australia, and you made no mention of 1929 dominionship either, stating that my proposal seemed fine as-is (and there is no difference between what I suggested to you via PM, and what I sent in my orders). Thus the article on the Australian dominion status debacle seems odd.
     
  11. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    Messages:
    11,578
    Location:
    On the Zee
    @Lord_Iggy and Circuit: For both of your questions, I'm going to have to go home and dig through the old updates and notes and clarify things. Going to work on having an answer for ya'll tomorrow morning.
     
  12. qoou

    qoou Emperor

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Messages:
    1,991
    Colombia is wanting to take out loans, with compounded interest of course, if anyone has EP they're not using. Up to 500 EP total, probably.
     
  13. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    Messages:
    11,578
    Location:
    On the Zee
    All right, well in my investigations I realized I've made a couple of errors with my notes and setup. This resulted in a number of your receiving SRPs at a point where you shouldn't have. Oops. Out of fairness, you should have received them within the next two-three years anyways.

    @Lord_Iggy: Upon investigation of my outline, Puerto Rico withdrew from PADA in 1928. However, an article was never written to illustrate this. I suggest that the situation is that Puerto Rico is currently withdrawn from active membership in PADA, but leave it to you two to determine the plausible outcome here, as without a lack of a update entry, there's no established path to be chosen. My own suggestion, but not mandate, is that Puerto Rico has withdrawn from PADA in favor of closer alliance and friendship with Brazil.

    @Circuit: This is a huge mess-up on my part and I take full responsibility. The Australian event that was depicted in this update was supposed to be listed under 1939, NOT 1929, for if you failed to live up to your pledge.Thus a typo can derail the best intentions. I'm removing the event as a whole from the update, and you shall receive the stability returned to Australia's status as a colony.
     
  14. theDright

    theDright King

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2011
    Messages:
    605
    Pan-American Democratic Accord * Acordo Democrático Panaméricano



    Acuerdo Democrático Pan-Americano * Panamerikanska Demokratiska Avtalet



    To: Nicaragua, Interested American Nations
    From: Pan-American Democratic Accord


    The assembled members of the Accord hereby issue this resolution.

    -PADA Commissioner Matthew Morgan
     
  15. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    Messages:
    18,355
    Location:
    Get Back
    TO: PADA
    FROM: Brazil
    CC: Nicaragua


    Brazil will not allow a military intervention into the state of Nicaragua. As with Cuba and Chile, Brazil believes that Moralist governments of this nature can be fair and uphold the civil rights of their people in a democratic fashion. With that said, Brazil guarantees the independence and safety of Nicaragua until such a time as PADA calms down.

    TO: Nicaragua
    FROM: Brazil


    We are willing to give your government a chance to prove that it can uphold the will of the people through your Moralist institution, as Chile has. If you can show us progress, we can defend you from the prying hands of PADA.
     
  16. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    Messages:
    11,578
    Location:
    On the Zee
    To: Pan-American Democratic Accord and Brazil
    From: President Urbina of Nicaragua

    The government of Nicaragua was threatened by internal instability and unrest generated by a decadent and failed liberal movement. We have not given up our republican roots, and we'll remind PADA that the current President was elected to his office fairly and without any unorthodox methods. This is more than could be said for several of your member states. We have done nothing more tyrannical, and probably a good degree less, than the governments of the United States or Florida. Both of these states have been allowed continued membership despite their less than democratic actions during their time as PADA members. Our elections were constitutionally dictated and will once more be held in 1932, as we abide by the laws which keep our nation safe. If I am not reelected then, I will not oppose the results, as it would be a true admission of the will of the people. In the mean time I will continue to endeavor to improve the faith and nation of Nicaragua as God guides us.
     
  17. Lord_Iggy

    Lord_Iggy Tsesk'ihe

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2005
    Messages:
    24,565
    Location:
    Yukon
    To: Brazil
    From: Vinland


    We don't want to launch a military intervention. We wish to ensure that Nicaragua's hard-won democratic institutions remain intact. Whether or not the elected government is moralist or not is irrelevant to us. If you are going about promising military aid to the government of Nicaragua, then you may be absolving them of the requirement to prove that they truly do represent the will of the Nicaraguan people.

    To: Nicaragua
    From: Vinland


    Very well. Vinland, for one, is willing to wait to see that your electoral institutions wait intact.
     
  18. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    Messages:
    18,355
    Location:
    Get Back
    TO: Vinland
    FROM: Brazil


    We must follow the words of Nicaragua here, as no records show wrongdoing on the part of the government or current president in this matter. We will stand by our decision as they prove the will of the people remains with them. Some governments, such as Jamaica or Florida, have done far less than that while in PADA.

    TO: Nicaragua
    FROM: Brazil


    If you allow our embassy to remain and witness the state of Nicaragua, our protection will be absolute. But do not for a moment believe that we give our protection or friendship lightly.
     
  19. qoou

    qoou Emperor

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Messages:
    1,991
    It is Colombia's belief, stemming from personal experience with the internal politics and methods of PADA, that this proclamation against Nicaragua is purely politically motivated and has little to no relation with the tenets of the Accord.

    The peoples of Costa Rica and Jamaica are far more oppressed than those of Nicaragua, yet PADA turns a blind eye to them. Why? They cannot put petty ambitions and politics aside even to uphold the very principles to claim to stand behind.

    Disgusted by the corruption that has rotted PADA's very core, Colombia hereby announces its withdrawal from the Pan-Atlantic 'Democratic' Accord.


    Rest in peace, Terence Glas, free citizen of the Americas
     
  20. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    Messages:
    18,355
    Location:
    Get Back
    Terence Glas: Martyr for a Generation!
     

Share This Page