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Rebirth of the Two-Headed Phoenix


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With the dissolution of the Slavic nation that held the land as well as the Hellenic Empire south of them, certain representatives came together. It was evident that while the citizenry was grateful for the remnants of the Athenian Federation's forces keeping the peace as they scrambled to make heads or tails of what had happened, the war hadn't been forgotten and was still present in the consciousness of the Serbs.

This was even clearer in the heart of Beograd, the White City of the Serbs.

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"This is our chance, can you not see that!?"

The question hung in the air of the dim lit room before being shoved aside by a frustrated sigh as a man took his seat once more in that day.

"We do see it," started a heavy baritone voice. The man's brown orbs followed the source of the voice, a brown-haired man, dark grey meeting the brown orbs. "And it is because we see the chance that we have to be cautious and wary, Borivoje," he continued as the rest of the meeting's participants stared at him, hearing his words intently.

The brown haired man slid out of his seat and stood in one fluid motion, raising a hand to run his digits through his unruly hair. "The remnants of the Hellenics' Federation have de facto control of Serbia proper, their military; while in a state of confusion, still far surpass anything we could do to them," he stated as he frowned, "This is our reality sadly."

"If we seek to be independent once more, we'll have to simply discuss and see the merit of any concessions that our current military 'overlords' demand from us," he growled out before shaking his head, a sigh escaping past his lips. "Regardless, it's either this chaotic status or being a proper nation once more, folks. So what will it be?" he asked the people following him.

"As much as I hate to swallow concessions or demands, Dragojev is... wrong in this," a blonde haired man spoke, righteous indignation in his green eyes as he clenched and unclenched his right fist. "If the Athenian Federation were still a construct and proper nation, we would have to accept anything. However, that is not the current case," he said with as much passion and vigor that could be found, "We have the capacity, ability and chance to help our brothers across the Balkans, the Serbs in Croatia or within the unruly province of Kosovo. Even to other Slavic peoples across the western Balkans in this chaotic time, we can bring unity once more for all of our peoples. We do not have to abide by the wishes of a non-existent foreign power any longer!" he yelled as he glared at Dragojev who simply accepted the indignation from his fellow.

He knew when he was wrong.

"It's a sad state of affairs at the moment where we are disorganized as divisions keep our peoples apart, Jadran, so we must do all in our power to guide our peoples to prosperity," started Dragojev, all eyes on him once more. "We will do what we must for the sake of our people."

Thirteen heads nodded at once as he finished, filling him with a distant sense of pride from seeing the start of a great government for their people.

"If we really intend to go forward with this, I suggest we revert back to a Monarchy," came the voice of Petar Božović, a grizzled old Serb infantry veteran of the former pan-south Slavic state. "Democracy has hurt our peoples far more and in a shorter period of time than the rule of Uro Nejaki," he said, almost spitting out in disgust the nickname of the infamous son of Duan Silni, otherwise known as Duan the Mighty.

"That might be a tricky endeavor in itself, due to not having any noble families still around," chimed in the son of Petar, Milenko, a former member of the special forces of the pan-south Slavic state.

"What about the Karađorđević?" asked a lighter voice, a hand tucking away a rogue strand of chestnut brown as Jela Zorica raised an eyebrow, "What would the Prince have to say in this case? He is the last of his dynasty that ruled in Serbia and the former pan-state of Yugoslavia," the woman pointed out, a sharp contrast to the hopeful tone of the current meeting but nonetheless a welcome one for Dragojev.

"He only has a claim to the throne of Yugoslavia due to his father so far to my knowledge and not many support him apart from his public humanitarian work and claims of being pro-democratic," countered a rough voice, Dražen Cižek snorted as he looked dubious to the questions brought up by the former sailor. "He clearly seeks more support within the populace, hence his public acts," he further explained to the group, being the clear expert of public affairs.

"Don't forget, it's well known that during the past century that the Karađorđević still have debts owed to the British Crown from their assistance during the past century as well as the convoluted line tying the Crown Prince's sons to the British Crown's line of succession," he added once more as he shook his head, muttering under his breath.

Milenko froze unseen from anyone for a second before snapping his fingers in an apparent show of clarity as he turned to their leader, "You said that your last name was Belojevic, right?" he asked as the rest of the folk gathered showed confusion, the question having been a rather odd one considering the time they all spent together.

The group's leader nodded slowly, the question having caught him off guard, "Any particular reason why you asked this question, Milenko?"

Said man grinned widely, "I know for a fact that we do have another noble family around and its yours, boss."

The rest of the group stared at Milenko before gazing upon Dragojev, confusion still on their faces with the exception of the aged veteran.

"I believe I know what my son is getting to, Drago'," Petar started as he raised a hand and rubbed at his beard in thought, "The Belojevic were among the first Serbian noble families under the reign of the first royal family of Serbia, the Vlastimirović."

Milenko clapped his hands in excitement, his eyes on their leader, "Exactly! Boss, I have no idea on how your family managed to stay in relative obscurity throughout the past millennia but you're the last Serbian noble that Serbs can claim to be theirs."

"I say this because of the fact that the Crown Prince doesn't even posses the knowledge of the tongue of Serbia and its Serbs," he added as the ex-spec ops frowned, "To think that the other option of a Monarch is someone who can't even speak with his people in their own tongue."

"As disgraceful as it might be, there's still the fact that a good portion of the populace still support him simply because he's the last Serbian noble publicly known," chimed in a boisterous voice as all eyes landed on Bor Klements, a small abacus in his hands as slender digits slowly moved the stones to their place in some unseen mathematical calculation roaming within his mind.

The slightly absent minded man blew a rogue strand of onyx black away before focusing back on the group, putting the calculations on the back burner so to speak as he cleared his throat. "As it stands, our leader isn't known publicly that much outside of Beograd and even then it's scraping things by," he laid out for his fellows, "So if we want to install him as the new head of state, we're going to need to expand our usage of resources that we are currently using."

"I know of select and key people I can shake down for funds and support from debts owed to me but I'd prefer a more 'civil' approach instead of forcing people as that won't gain loyalty and that simply won't do," the mathematician added before shaking his head, "Our leader will have to play the same game as our dear Prince, and go farther than the British raised blowhard that we call a noble."

Their leader nodded, "Are there enough funds to go forward without having to drag up old debts, Bor?"

"Thankfully, yes. We have a comfortable level to expand out of Beograd and into Serbia, after that into the Western Balkans proper and it should technically be more than enough to cover our costs. Anything after that is up in the air, I'm afraid," Bor finished as he dived once more into his abacus, having spoken his piece for the remainder of the meeting.

"Well, I suppose that's that, folks," Dragojev started as a grin grew on his face, "Let's go out there and make this kingdom a reality."

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And thus it slowly came to pass, the influence of one Dragojev Belojevic pierced outside of the Serbian capital city and permeated throughout the Serbian homeland, quickly soon after towards the entirety of the western Balkans. The knowledge of having an authentic noble with a documented line of ancestry going all the way back to the first Belojevic Župan raised the spirits of the peoples to all time highs, the fame becoming enough that the so called Crown Prince could do nothing but stand aside and observe the situation lest he be burned by being painted a certain way.

Nevertheless, with the rate the situation was moving forward, the confrontation between the two nobles would come to a head a full month later as people called for a new Monarch to finally take the reign of their country. So it was that on September the 1st, the noble of the Belojevic Dynasty met with the senior head of the Karađorđević Dynasty, HRH Crown Prince Alexander Karađorđević.

The results of that fateful meeting would shock the people as the two nobles came to an accord.

HRH Alexander Karađorđević would relinquish his claim on the royal crown of Serbia and would instead be recognized as the new Prince of Serbia, with his sons being recognized as the same upon his death, so on and so forth. The newly recognized Prince would then recognize the people's claim upon the last Belojevic to become the new Monarch of Serbia, their new Kralj. Any mentions of Prince or Princess in public media would solely refer to the Karađorđević family as their god-given titles, while the titles of 'Knez' and 'Kneginja' would be the appropriate ones for the reigning family.

The last thing the people had expected were the two nobles walking out as brothers out of their meeting on the same day that the Non-Aligned Movement was founded, especially so considering what was at play between the two. In order to cut off any wild mass guessing that would spark if it was not smothered right then and there, the duo proceeded to have an impromptu press conference with revealing the main reason why the compromise was reached between the two.

"For the Slavic peoples of the western Balkans."

Said simultaneously by the two, they then slowly wound the conference to an end and went their way into the day as the public media went absolutely bonkers by the day's revelations that came from the two most influential men in the land.

A month or two would pass before the world at large received the following declaration:
 

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Official Declaration from the Kraljevina Jugoslavija (Kingdom of Yugoslavia)


Citizens of the world,

Rejoice, for today marks a new day in the Balkans. After many months of discussion and debates after the dissolution of the previous empire, the South Slavic peoples have finally come to a consensus. The state of Yugoslavia will be reformed under an Absolute Monarchy to be headed by a new Monarch, Kralj Dragojev Belojevic. Our new kingdom will work hard to provide the basic necessities for its people, and we will work endlessly to become an active member of the international community.

Our people look forward, hopeful and filled with joy as they walk upon their new path.


Sincerely,
HM Kralj Dragojev Belojevic

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The Red Sea Republic is happy to acknowledge the newfound Kingdom of Yugoslavia. We hope that a restoration of stability under strong new leadership will make for a peaceful co-existence between the various Christians and Muslims which inhabit this diverse and culturally wholesome region of the world.

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"The Imperium of Japan welcomes the Kingdom of Yugoslavia back to the world after such turbulent times in Europe, we look forward to future relations with your nation."

-Foreign Minister Osamu Saito

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The Red Sea Republic is happy to acknowledge the newfound Kingdom of Yugoslavia. We hope that a restoration of stability under strong new leadership will make for a peaceful co-existence between the various Christians and Muslims which inhabit this diverse and culturally wholesome region of the world.

"I and the south slavic peoples of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia thank the peaceful Republic and we extend the same wish in return, sincerely hoping that the Muslims prosper under stable and strong leadership."

Sincerely,
HM Kralj Dragojev Belojevic

 

"The Imperium of Japan welcomes the Kingdom of Yugoslavia back to the world after such turbulent times in Europe, we look forward to future relations with your nation."

-Foreign Minister Osamu Saito

"The Kingdom of Yugoslavia thanks the Imperium for its warm welcome and should the desire ever become a reality in the future, an embassy will be provided free of charge for the Imperium while the Kingdom reorganizes its internal structure."

Sincerely,
HM Kralj Dragojev Belojevic

 

Diplomatic Note from Sverige
 
The Kingdom of Sverige wishes its southern neighbors from the Kingdom of Yugoslavia good fortunes in rebuilding itself from the great war, and stabilizing its former war torn region.


"The good people of our kingdom greatly send well wishes in return, hoping for positive and future interactions later down the road that we all call life. Many thanks."

Sincerely,
HM Kralj Dragojev Belojevic

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"The Crown and Ecclesiarchy of Alaska is pleased to see the Balkans once again united, we trust that his majesty the King will ensure the spread and survival of the Orthodox faith in the region.”

- His Majesty, Judas I Horn, King of Alaska, Ecumenical Patriarch of New Archangel, Defender of the Faith.

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