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[quote]In just a few short days, here are the accomplishments of the new Irish government:

[b]The Vita Initiative[/b]: Every single person in Ireland, within a year, will have food to eat - although they'll have to be content with vegetables. In an effort to eradicate hunger, Taoiseach Aoife Ó Cuinneagáin has pledged a significant portion of the domestic budget to go to the Vita Initiative, which is an aeroponics and hydroponics initiative by thee Irish government to create a cheap, green way to farm while simultaneously conserving natural land. On average, Ireland will have to use 5% the amount of water to grow the same amount of foods from lettuces to onions to radishes and dozens of other plants. While fruits and grains will still require farms, this will significantly reduce the amount of space needed to grow the same amount of food and save millions of dollars by farmers. 25% of certain foods grown via the Vita Initiative will go straight to homeless shelters and low-income housing areas to be used in order to keep people from starving. In addition, scientists have genetically modified many other crops to be more resistant to bugs and diseases without needing pesticides.

[b]The Cluster[/b]: Former Irish defences have been reactivated and British-generated systems will be integrated with their entire security and operating systems changed. Within a year, there will be more systems as well. It is estimated that the sophisticated systems, which include terminals underground, will be able to identify aircraft with almost every known identification method imaginable, including different radar types by systems aboveground. ECM detection, chirping/linear frequency modulation, frequency hopping, sidelobe blanking, polarisation and radiation homing will be used to counteract jamming. Missiles and ground-based lasers will be used to help defeat air attacks and incoming missile strikes.

[b]Nuclear Missile Program:[/b] The Irish nation now has 25 warheads and hidden bunkers to house them.

[b]The National Transportation Network:[/b] Building off the previous network of the administration before it, the Taoiseach has ordered a finalised construction project that will create roads in every area of the nation, including far-off hamlets or towns. The government has pledged billions to reconstruct and modernise bridges and roads across the nation, and docks and airports will be widened and enlarged significantly. The new transportation network will take about a year to construct.

[b]The Laboratory for Progress:[/b] Constructed in Dublin, the men and women of the Laboratory for Progress work not only for the Vita Initiative but also to cure diseases and work to advance medical care across the nation. They also act as a central database for all scientific work in the nation and independently verify almost every find. The Laboratory for Progress also trains astronauts to go into space for experiments and work to help solve crime as well.

[b]Reconstruction of the Garden of Remembrance:[/b] The Garden celebrates the freedom fighters of the 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867, 1916 and 1919 rebellions, and continues to celebrate the lives gave and lost in various other conflicts around the world by Irishmen.

[b]Social Security:[/b] The Irish government has re-emplemented a social security system.

[b]Aisling Space Station:[/b] The Aisling station will be launched later this year as a civilian and scientific testing zone with assistance from the Space Elevator in Africa.

[b]Strategic Defence:[/b] The Taoiseach has reactivated the strategic defence system of the previous administration.

There are several other projects being worked on that are currently classified.[/quote]

[[OOC: Just bringing my wonders to life. Anything I didn't mention falls under the 'classified' part and still exists.]]

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[b][font="Garamond"][size="5"]Elections Deny British Association[/size][/font][/b]

In an unexpected twist today, Irish citizens flocked to the polls to weigh on a variety of issues, from Project Vita to the status of Ireland in the British Commonwealth and voted surprisingly. All across the Isle, citizens voted firmly in favour of all the proposals put forward by the Taoiseach but rejected continued military associated with the United Kingdom of Great Britain, a move that Taoiseach called "reactionary and worrying".

The votes for all proposals were tallied as follows:

[quote]Project Vita: 88% in favour
The Cluster: 97% in favour
The NTN: 90% in favour
The Laboratory for Progress: 99% in favour (statistically 100%)
Reconstruction of the Garden: 74% in favour
Social Security: 54% in favour
Aisling Space Station: 75% in favour
Strategic Defence and Nuclear Program: 68% in favour

Plebiscite on Membership in the Commonwealth: 44% in favour
Plebiscite on the Non-Aggression/Mutual Defence Act: 13% in favour
Plebiscite on the Free Trade/Non-Aggression Act: 67% in favour[/quote]

Accordingly, the Taoiseach has said that she will "reconsider" further plebiscites on foreign affairs options in the future but is duty-bound to carry them out. She thus immediately dissolved Irish association with the Commonwealth and gave 72 hours notice of cancellation of the Non-Aggression/Mutual Defence act. The existing Free Trade/Non-Aggression Act is still in place.

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The United Kingdom, whilst saddened at the Irish decision, will stand by it none the less.
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[b][font="Garamond"][size="5"]British Approval Ratings Soar[/size][/font][/b]

After the repeal of the Commonwealth and Military Defence Acts by direct vote, an attitude permeated across the country expecting some form of retaliation. When none came and the official British reply came, approval ratings of the neighbouring regime sky-rocketed up from 32% to 48%, a 50% increase overall. A foreign affairs insider who wishes to remain unnamed stated that "in light of the FTA/NAP we hold and these new approval ratings so soon after a provocative event and the previous administration, in light of these I can firmly say that change has indeed come to the British Isles, one for the better in both short and long term". Sales of British flags had a momentary spike expected to last for a short period, as well as purchases of BBC channels to be streamed directly into Ireland. While there is no indication of another pact being approved, military or otherwise, many Irish citizens believe (42% in fact) that there is potential for another Irish-British alliance within the next 10 years.

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[center][b][font="Garamond"][size="4"]The Aoife Addendum Announced[/size][/font] [/b][/center]
England, the Isle of Man, Scotland, Ireland, and any other British Isles, including Jersey and Guernsey hereby fall under the Aoife Addendum, a doctrinal paragraph stating that "under circumstances where governments collapse/go into anarchy, or when a piece of land loses government control, the nation of Ireland will immediately declare a sole protectorate under the power of the Irish military".

In addition, the Taoiseach stated that [b]under no condition[/b] would Ireland attempt to take any of these territories by force solely for the purpose of the doctrine if the territory has a functioning government.

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[center] [font="Georgia"][size="5"]Irish Medical Teams Respond[/size]
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The Irish government has received word that the medical teams sent to the Korean front have already saved two hundred and sixty lives, with that number expected to drop to two hundred and thirty-eight within the next few weeks. The Taoiseach has pledged over $2million per individual rescued to be authorized for medical teams in the field and every individual has been granted temporary Irish citizenship so that hospitals in Ireland can treat the more stable, long-term victims. VIP status has been granted to family members of victims in order to speed travel through the border.

One hundred and seventeen victims will be in the Dublin War Hospital, a hospital sponsored by the Laboratory for Progress.

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[center] [font="Garamond"][size="7"]DECLARATION OF WAR ON GERMANY[/size][/font]

The Taoiseach has, with approval, declared war on Germany and launched Operation: Lights of the North today. Approval ratings for the Taoiseach have skyrocketed to almost 97%, and the volunteer army is full to bursting. Production of non-wartime materials have come almost to a scratching halt while the government has taken over operations in order to produce materials, armour, weapons, ships, and aircraft. Food and supplies are being rationed and the entire nation is to go on alert in case of German reprisals against the homeland.

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[[OOC: Part of the closed RP, but feel free to comment on it]]
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[quote][b]Letter to the Irish Independant and to the Irish Government from Brigadier General Thomas Balrick, Commander of the Royal Irish Guards and all British Forces presently based in Ireland[/b]

With the first year of Irish Independance coming closer and closer, the MoD has concluded that due to Irelands massive push and advances in stability and acceptance of the United Kingdom, that forces can come home earlier than anticipated.

The First and Second Armoured Regiments of the Royal Irish Guards Alpha Division will be withdrawn from Ireland within the next Month. Preperations will be made for the Royal Artillery Regiment, the Army Air Regiment and the Mechanised Regiment to leave soon after.

All British forces will have left Ireland for Irelands first Birthday.

Signed

Brigadier General Thomas Baldrick
Commander of all British Forces in Ireland.[/quote]

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[b]Official State Letter to the Government of the United Kingdom[/b]

In light of your early withdrawal of troops and lessening of tensions and expansion of friendships between the two of our nations, the Taoiseach formally invites the head of the British Government to come to Cork in order to re-evaluate and expand our official relations. If, due to Germany's aggressive war against Austria and our subsequent defensive declaration against Germany, you do not wish to risk being in Irish territory, we are glad to come to London.

Thank you,
the Office of the Taoiseach[/quote]

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[quote]TO: The Office of the Taoiseach
FROM: His Majesty the King of Great Britain, Harry Windsor

It would be my pleasure to visit Ireland again to discuss the expansion of our friendship Taoiseach. Due to the war however, I will have RAF fighter jets esocrting my aircraft. Would these jets be permitted into Irish airspace and allowed to refuel to escort me on the journey home?[/quote]

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TO: The Office of the Taoiseach
FROM: His Majesty the King of Great Britain, Harry Windsor

It would be my pleasure to visit Ireland again to discuss the expansion of our friendship Taoiseach. Due to the war however, I will have RAF fighter jets esocrting my aircraft. Would these jets be permitted into Irish airspace and allowed to refuel to escort me on the journey home? [/quote]

Request permitted.

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Monarch-1 the Royal Families private jet came into land at Dublin airport leaving its two fighter escorts to fly to RAF Belfast to refuel and wait for the return journey which would be composed of a much larger force. Harry decided he might aswell remove the RAF presence from Ireland on his return to Britain leaving only the ground force and the RAF's heavy lifting squadron behind which would bring the Royal Irish Guards home as and when the time table dictated it.

With the urge for the utmost secrecy, Harry was driven to the meeting in an unmarked Mercedes directly from the airport with two security personel travelling with him. They would remain in the vehicle has he entered to building to meet the Taoiseach.

"Greetings Taoiseach, a pleasure to finally meet you. I apologise I have not visited you sooner but as you know, circumstances are rather... difficult at the moment with the war in Europe AND the war in Korea. So MS. Cuinneagáin, to what do I owe the pleasure of this invitation?

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"Greetings, Harry; it's a pleasure myself. I apologise for not having visited as well, but there are more important goings-on in the world." She paused and smiled. "I hate to speak to you of urgent matters so frankly, but here it is: Ireland is concerned with a potential threat by the Angevin Monarchy against the United Kingdom and Ireland. In their statement to ask for independence, they mentioned that the greatest time in the history of their region included time when they owned land in both Ireland and the United Kingdom; the restoration of the Delian League also worries me, as it seems that this Angevin Monarchy is pushing for a return to older ways: ways that included their power over our sovereign lands.

"In fact, they're already using the English pound as a currency, though I don't know why. I wish to tell you that I am worried both as Taoiseach and as a person for the welfare of our states, including yours. Despite the fact that we hold a Non-Aggression Pact, and we recently voted down a Mutual Defence Pact, I find the need to solidify our bonds once more in the face of this Angevin threat. Not only that, but Germany is apparent on reconquering what they claim is their sphere, which includes England.

"In short ... it may be unpopular, but Ireland wishes to be a brother with England once more. Our national strengths are comparable; if you can fall, so can we. For this reason I propose something stronger than the current Non-Aggression Pact we already hold.

"And, I might add, perhaps we can work something out to the tune of a joint base on the Faroes."

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"Greetings, Harry; it's a pleasure myself. I apologise for not having visited as well, but there are more important goings-on in the world." She paused and smiled. "I hate to speak to you of urgent matters so frankly, but here it is: Ireland is concerned with a potential threat by the Angevin Monarchy against the United Kingdom and Ireland. In their statement to ask for independence, they mentioned that the greatest time in the history of their region included time when they owned land in both Ireland and the United Kingdom; the restoration of the Delian League also worries me, as it seems that this Angevin Monarchy is pushing for a return to older ways: ways that included their power over our sovereign lands.

"In fact, they're already using the English pound as a currency, though I don't know why. I wish to tell you that I am worried both as Taoiseach and as a person for the welfare of our states, including yours. Despite the fact that we hold a Non-Aggression Pact, and we recently voted down a Mutual Defence Pact, I find the need to solidify our bonds once more in the face of this Angevin threat. Not only that, but Germany is apparent on reconquering what they claim is their sphere, which includes England.

"In short ... it may be unpopular, but Ireland wishes to be a brother with England once more. Our national strengths are comparable; if you can fall, so can we. For this reason I propose something stronger than the current Non-Aggression Pact we already hold.

"And, I might add, perhaps we can work something out to the tune of a joint base on the Faroes."
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"Ah these Angevin troublemakers. I have already taken measures to ensure they do not enroach on British or Irish territory. Over my dead body and those of the Royal Navy will the French land an Army in these Isles. I have already withdrawn one carrier battlegroup out of the Korean theatre back to the Atlantic, more specially the Bay of Biscay and the Celtic Sea. The French wont dare try anything with a carrier battlegroup on their front door step and once operations in Korea are closing, a second battlegroup will be placed into the North Sea. The south coast defences are being bolstered to delivery maximum violence towards these Angevin claimants. Our most devestating [i]conventional[/i] weapons have been deployed. As for the Delian league, it is nothing more than a fanciful recreation of the British Commonwealth but formed out of former Athenian states. An Athenian Commonwealth as it were. As for Jerry, the Prime Minister is presently discussing Britains position in this war with General Hanz and securing the peaceful exile of the former Althing into Britain. General Hanz has given me his explicit word an attackon Britain is out of the question, and the Prime Minister also made clear our position on an attack on the British Isles, including Ireland proper would be seen as an act of war against the United Kingdom. Essentially Ms.Cuinneagáin, if the Germans DO attack Ireland proper, they will get the good news in all calibres and varients as Admiral Joona says. However, would a re-activation of our MDP include Ireland seeking to return to the Commonwealth? At least that way should the war escalate, we dont only have our militaries, but those of Svalbard aswell. Whilst they have a neutrality policy, King Leopold swore to me he would answer a Commonwealth members call for aid should the need be so great."

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[quote name='Zoot Zoot' timestamp='1309114287' post='2742048']
"Ah these Angevin troublemakers. I have already taken measures to ensure they do not enroach on British or Irish territory. Over my dead body and those of the Royal Navy will the French land an Army in these Isles. I have already withdrawn one carrier battlegroup out of the Korean theatre back to the Atlantic, more specially the Bay of Biscay and the Celtic Sea. The French wont dare try anything with a carrier battlegroup on their front door step and once operations in Korea are closing, a second battlegroup will be placed into the North Sea. The south coast defences are being bolstered to delivery maximum violence towards these Angevin claimants. Our most devestating [i]conventional[/i] weapons have been deployed. As for the Delian league, it is nothing more than a fanciful recreation of the British Commonwealth but formed out of former Athenian states. An Athenian Commonwealth as it were. As for Jerry, the Prime Minister is presently discussing Britains position in this war with General Hanz and securing the peaceful exile of the former Althing into Britain. General Hanz has given me his explicit word an attackon Britain is out of the question, and the Prime Minister also made clear our position on an attack on the British Isles, including Ireland proper would be seen as an act of war against the United Kingdom. Essentially Ms.Cuinneagáin, if the Germans DO attack Ireland proper, they will get the good news in all calibres and varients as Admiral Joona says. However, would a re-activation of our MDP include Ireland seeking to return to the Commonwealth? At least that way should the war escalate, we dont only have our militaries, but those of Svalbard aswell. Whilst they have a neutrality policy, King Leopold swore to me he would answer a Commonwealth members call for aid should the need be so great."
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"A recall to the Commonwealth so soon may be out of the question ... however," she continued after a pause, "It is possible in the future. I'm sure you understand that going against the voters on a simple MDP is one thing and rejoining the Commonwealth is quite another - I don't have quite the political capital to get that done without repercussions.

"If the Prime Minister is discussing Britain's position in this war, I hope you remind him that our assaults on the Faroes are intended to cut off Germanic threats from the British Isles; we have no intention of going any further than ensuring that Germany stays on the Continent."

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"Then the re-activation of our MDP will be satisfactory for the aims of the present circumstance, it would certainly allow Anglo/Irish relations to further prosper. As for the Faroes, whilst I personally see know threat from Germany due to the long standing alliance and friendship Britain has with them, its no secret they are very wary of Ireland, especially since your previous incarnation under Dinsmore. I'll be sure to ensure Hanz gets the message about the Faroes one way or another, but personally, this war over the Faroes could of been avoided. Britains tie with Germany could easily have secured the Faroes into British hands."

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[quote name='Zoot Zoot' timestamp='1309116883' post='2742093']
"Then the re-activation of our MDP will be satisfactory for the aims of the present circumstance, it would certainly allow Anglo/Irish relations to further prosper. As for the Faroes, whilst I personally see know threat from Germany due to the long standing alliance and friendship Britain has with them, its no secret they are very wary of Ireland, especially since your previous incarnation under Dinsmore. I'll be sure to ensure Hanz gets the message about the Faroes one way or another, but personally, this war over the Faroes could of been avoided. Britains tie with Germany could easily have secured the Faroes into British hands."
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"I suggest adding a Mutual Defence clause to our current Non-Aggression Pact rather than creating an entirely new one. Is this satisfactory?

"And I'm afraid that I am unwilling to discuss our relationship with Germany any further; I would just like to reassure you that our main goal is looking out for the British Isles. I don't trust any nation farther than we can nuke them, especially not one historically aggressive as his." She raised an electronic tablet with the additional Mutual Defence clause and prompted him for his signature.

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Harry leaned forward and signed to tablet before leaning back and speaking.
"Fair enough, but I must make it clear that should Ireland and Germany wish to come to an arragement, London is open as a neutral ground for negotiation."

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Soon after the meeting, Harry departed Ireland with his two escort jets, aswell as twenty other strike aircraft based at RAF Belfast and the Alpha and Bravo Divisions of the Royal Irish Guards, a force of ten thousand men and all their gear, half of the Corps. RAF Belfast would be the staging ground for the second half of the move which would take place on the 1st July, at which point, the airbase would be turned over to the Irish Airforce in a small ceremony.

Alpha and Bravo Division hoped they left Ireland having achieved something good for the people, there were times during the troubles that they felt the place was hopeless, the fifty three soldiers who died in Ireland fighting the dissidants wouldnt be forgotten by the Guardsmen. But now, Ireland was Independant, it was flourishing and was lead by a balanced, strong and logical woman, officially, Operation Clover was put down as a success, dissidant activity had vanished with Irelands Independance and they had gone a full year of Independance.

Over the course of the day after the King had left, fleets of GB-400M's ferried out the garrison from Belfast to RAF Winterhill, RAF Liverpool, RAF Hereford and RAF Lytham.

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A visit with by the Irish Taoiseach to German commanders on neutral ground in London have proved fruitful, as the Irish and Germans have forged a peace agreement that allows both sides to cease actions currently ongoing in the Faroes. In return for Ireland ceasing attacks, Germany has reaffirmed its promise not to invade the Irish isles and tensions between the two nations have noticeable cooled. The abrupt end to the war has brought an abrupt end to a command economy within the New Republic, and the Taoiseach will unveil a new project some time soon.

In the meantime, a Mutual Defence Pact with England was revealed to mixed reviews by the community; many believe that the Pact was done to relieve potential tensions with England, who has a bond with Germany, but the Taoiseach insists that it was the logical step following the Addendum.

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The ending of the Irish-Germanian War is confirmed by Germanic Union Media quickly, and by an announcement of General Haas, which, as expected, portrays the defense of Faroe as a great, heroic victory that disuaded the Irish from fighting on any further. At the same time however he too mentioned that the Germanic Union Government Policies were as well as fault for not having promoted communication with the Irish, that if they had done their job, this whole thing would have been avoided, and that bloodshed of Irish and Germanians was always disgraceful to both nations.

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"Austria is greatly saddened by Ireland's choice to withdraw from the conflict with Haas' Germany. While we cannot understand the domestic challenges that have faced Ireland during this time, Austria stands alone against German Aggression. We had believed your attack on the Faroes was to alleviate the stress on the Danube, but apparently we were incorrect in assuming that. Our well wishes for your government, though hopefully you will still see Haas for what he truly is, a warmonger and a tyrant."
-Maria Theresia II of Austria

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[quote name='Sarah Tintagyl' timestamp='1309921897' post='2749972']
"Austria is greatly saddened by Ireland's choice to withdraw from the conflict with Haas' Germany. While we cannot understand the domestic challenges that have faced Ireland during this time, Austria stands alone against German Aggression. We had believed your attack on the Faroes was to alleviate the stress on the Danube, but apparently we were incorrect in assuming that. Our well wishes for your government, though hopefully you will still see Haas for what he truly is, a warmonger and a tyrant."
-Maria Theresia II of Austria
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A Private Communique was sent to Theresia, from the Taoiseach herself:

"It is unfortunate that I am unable to continue assisting Austria. It was my intention to move on further from the Faroes and hopefully strike at Germany herself. Unfortunately, severe damages to our navy in the Battle of the Faroes would have required years of rebuilding to match the rising fleets of Germany and Eastern France, and my nation insisted after the debacle that was Korea that Ireland keep to herself. I sympathize extremely with the Austrian people but practical assistance from Ireland would have been too little, too late if we continued on our route. While Haas is a monster and Germany requires reigning in, I would rather wait and rebuild than throw my nation at the menace for a few islands and years of waiting.

"Austria is in all of our hearts. If you fight on, we may come again. Until that time, good luck and god speed."

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