Michael McBride Posted December 29, 2011 Report Share Posted December 29, 2011 The location was Syracuse, NY, Memorial Square Park. Here, a podium was erected with the flag of the Empire hanging over it, not the flag of the United States as most predicted. No one really knew what was going on or why the press conference had been called, only that it was from the President's office and that it concerned a matter of the future of the nation. As such, many reporters were shocked when they saw Councilor Jacob Palmer walk out, flanked by Xavier Solomon, a minor player in the state department, and Dr. Leonard L. Church. Cameras flickered as Palmer stepped to the podium. "Ladies and gentlemen, assembled press, thank you for being here. I know that it's rather cold, so I will be as brief as possible. What I am about to say will probably shock a great many of you, but I would ask that you direct all questions to my press secretary after the conference." Jacob cleared his throat. "First things first, I have a confession to make. My name is not Jacob Palmer... at least that is not my full name. My full name is Jacob Palmer Harland, son of former Emperor Michael Harland, who is still alive and well." Jacob waved a hand and Sir Michael Harland stepped out onto the podium. Cameras started flickering wildly again as Jacob put up his hands for calm. "Please, everyone, please, all questions will be answered after the press conference." He looked down before continuing. "Number two. Emperor... or should I say President, Thomas Atkinson-Asgeirsson, his sister, Commandant Alice Atkinson-Asgeirsson, his mother, Her Majesty Hannah Asgeirsson, and Dr. Henry Solo all passed away Christmas Eve night." Again, a flurry of camera flashes. There had been speculation that something was wrong when it had been days since the family had been seen, but no one suspected the entire upper echelon of government was dead. "The President, his family, and trusted advisers did not die of natural causes. There were killed in coup, orchestrated by Dr. Church and myself." This time a roar went up, one of both anger and disbelief. Jacob stared at the press before putting his gloved hands up for calm again. "The reasons for this coup were simple: Thomas Atkinson-Asgeirsson had pledged to turn this country into something it had vowed to destroy. He was turning us into our own worst enemy. That is why my father led the previous revolution. And that is why I followed in his footsteps and led this one." Jacob gestured to the memorial behind him. "I chose this spot to make this announcement for a reason. It was here that more than one thousand soldiers were massacred by the Emperor's forces. It was here that brave men made a final stand for what they believed in, the ideals that this country was founded upon!" Jacob's fist into the podium accentuated his last statement. "During the past few days, I have spoken with the governors of every state in the Empire, and every protectorate. I told them they had a choice. They could remain with our new Empire, or they could continue their way of self-sufficiency until a new government rose from within. Every state, except New York, has chosen the route of self-sufficiency. We wish them nothing but the best, and will always consider them sisters and brothers. I ask that the nations of the world respect their right to self-sovereignty, and to allow new governments to spring from their lands. The governors have indicated that they do not wish to join any current government in the world. Again, I ask that the nations of the world respect that decision. If you do not, we will defend our brother's and sister's right to choose their own path, from the barrel of a gun if necessary." "As of today, the borders of the Empire of Pravus Ingruo are as follows: the state of New York, IMB: Ireland in Scotland, IMB: CP off the coast of Canada, and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. We will hold protectorate status over the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. The rest of the governors are free to go. Defense there will be provided by their own National Guard soldiers and local police. All Imperial military equipment will be withdrawn within three months. The new capital of the Empire will be relocated here, to Syracuse. More changes will obviously be forthcoming in the days and weeks ahead." "I have been asked to lead this new nation, to take it in my father's footsteps into a golden age. However, I will not take the title of Emperor. We have had our last Emperor, and he tried to destroy the nation. My official title will be Potentate Jacob Harland. Dr. Leonard L. Church will be my second in command with the title of Vizier, and Xavier Solomon will be Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Questions should be directed through my press secretary or Mr. Solomon's." Jacob looked down one last time and smiled. "Today the Empire begins a new era. The Empire prevails! Always!" OOC: Here's what happened, broken down in a nutshell: New Leader: Jacob Harland New Borders: Only NY, and military bases already marked plus Guantanamo Bay, Cuba PA, NJ, CT, RI, MA, and VT are protectorates The rest is open white land [b]for new nations only![/b] I will fight existing nations who try and expand into the land, don't test me. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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