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Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - Leader John Kelikark had now launched, even although the ‘war’ is still raging, what is called “Kelikark’s Reforms”.

The first of these is the National Administrative System Law. Passed by the Meclis and signed into law by Kelikark, the law established a new, higher level of administrative system in New Byzantium: the Region. Where New Byzantium is subdivided into eighty-first provinces, she is to be divided into eight Administrative Regions (bolgesi) and one Federal District (bolge).

They are as follows (name of Region and capital):

  • Constantinople Federal District, Constantinople
  • Ankara Region, Ankara
  • Smyrna Region, Smyrna
  • Thrace Region, Thracepolis
  • Kelikarkgrad Region, Kelikarkgrad
  • Antalya Region, Antalya
  • Samsun Region, Samsun
  • Erzurum Region, Erzurum
  • Edessa Region, Edessa

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The Regions of New Byzantium. Red dots denotes each Region capital.

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The current administrative system of New Byzantium. (OOC: I know the borders aren't right, but it's hard to edit the map.

:()

In addition, a Region is to be established unto Greece (the Greek Devletin), thus forming the ninth Region in New Byzantium, the Athens Region (with the capital in Athens). The same goes for Georgia; the Georgian Region will be established in Tiflis, forming the tenth Region. The fate of the ‘Administrative Republic of Transcaucasia’ remains undecided.

The administrative system, despite signed into law, will ‘officially’ go into effect once the war ends, and the Nationalist Party assumes full control of the entire country.

Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - Following considerations, the Nationalist Party took it upon itself to rename the country’s official name, once again. Through the National Sovereignty Act (slightly misleading), the official name of New Byzantium was altered to the Republic of Byzantium. This measure, Kelikark stated in a session of the Meclis, was to reassure the current Byzantium’s place as the rightful successor to the first Byzantium and to follow its footsteps. “This is a historical decision in the making!” Kelikark claimed.

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A rare photograph of John Kelikark.

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Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - Today, the glorious armies of the Republic of Byzantium captured the cities of Elazig, Kahramarmaras, and Malatya in the 'Front'. This is yet another glorious success in the war against the 'Martencists'! Our armies fought valiantly, and in the end, they triumphed. Inflicting heavy casaulties on the enemy, the National Party carried out a struggle against the "Loyalist traitors", of which we shall triumph! The enemy is retreating before the might of our armies as I type this. Long live Byzantium! Long live Kelikark! Long live the Nationalist Party!

(OOC: Propaganda in the making. :ph34r:)

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Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - The Nationalist Party has passed a “National Directive” regarding the administrative systems in the newly-established Administrative Regions. According to the Directive, a new post is to be established in each Region, and in the city where the Region derives its name from; the Provincial Administrator is responsible for the daily maintenance of affairs in his/her Region. The Provincial Administrator has control over the local police and courts in the provinces and districts, but not the Gizli Polis and Orgutu, which remains under the exclusive control of the Guvenlik. In addition, the Directive also mandated that provincial and local Governors maintain a degree of autonomy in the sense that they have broader control over their cities’ and provinces’ affairs rather than the Regions.

Also, a new ‘administrative system’ was also created -- Military Districts. With the passage of the Military District Law, five Military District regions were created:

  • Constantinople Military District
  • Athens Military District
  • Ankara Military District
  • Smyrna Military District
  • Erzurum Military District

These Military districts corresponds with the internal boundaries of the Regions, Provinces, and Districts. The Constantinople Military District has administrative, rather than operational, responsibility in military affairs over the Federal District, Kelikarkgrad, and Thrace Regions. The Athens Military District has responsibility over the Athens Region; the Ankara Military District over the Ankara and Samsun Regions. The Smyrna Military District administrates military affairs in the Smyrna and Antalya Regions; and the Erzurum Military District over the Erzurum, Edessa, and Georgian Regions. In addition, each Military District is administered by a Military District commander who is appointed by the Chief of the General Staff, with the approval of the Leader.

The Military Districts are under the control of the Byzantine Armed Forces (Silahlı Kuvvetleri) and answers to the Chief of the General Staff, and ultimately the Leader himself. They have no powers (nor influence) over the Regions, Provinces, and regular Districts’ daily day-to-day affairs.

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OOC: So the face of the Nationalists is Al Gore!! *bursts out laughing*

OOC: O'rly? :P

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Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - The Nationalist Party introduced a new bill in the Meclis today. Signed into law, the National Straits Act declared that from “this time on the Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits, as well as the waters of Greece, shall be closed to foreign vessels (both civilian and military, except perhaps commercial ones) until stated otherwise.“ To enforce the Act, a new commission was created. The Byzantine Straits Commission is responsible for maintaining the Byzantine Straits, and the waters in between, up to ‘defense and safety standards‘. The only exception to the rule are ships, civilian and military, from the following nations:

  • The Eastern Union
  • The Dilberian Empire
  • The United Francoist Empire

Ships from these nations are free to access Byzantine waters at any time without interference from the Government. However, any other ships wishing to access our waters will have to file an application to the newly-established Byzantine Straits Commission; once granted access, ships from the applicant nations will have to submit to inspection by Byzantine officials.

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Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - Now that the ‘War’ (also called the Byzantine Civil War and the Byzantine War of Succession) is over, the Nationalist Party has pushed into motion the initiative to rebuild the nation, especially the ravaged areas of southern Byzantium.

To supervise the reconstruction effort, the National Initiative Commission was established (although it is under the formal supervision of the Meclis). Following the Commission’s advice and suggestions, the Nationalist Party has authorized the allocation of approximately $60 million in reconstruction funds; thousands of soldiers, workers, volunteers, and staffers were put to work in the region. If it all goes according to schedule, it should be completed within six months.

Thracepolis, Thrace Region, Byzantium - Following lobbying from local and provincial Nationalists, the Nationalist Government passed the Thrace Unification Act. Under the Act, the Greek province of Thrace (’Western Thrace’) were transferred from the Greek Region to the Thrace Region, becoming a part of the Thrace Province -- thus creating an unified Thrace province.

This move was hailed with ‘celebrations’ from local and provincial Nationalist politicians, but were greeted with indifference from Greek Nationalists. “What can we do about that, anyways? For a long while, Turkey (and now Byzantium) had coveted the whole Thrace region, so why don’t give it to them?” A Nationalist senator, on the condition of anonymity, stated with an indifferent shrug.

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Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - Today, as a part of Kelikark’s Reforms, the Nationalist Party passed several legislatures through the Meclis:

Firstly, through Kelikark’s initiative, the National Decrees Act was passed and signed into law. Through this ‘Law’, the Leader was granted the right to legislate decrees without consulting the Meclis; in other words, Kelikark could now rule by decree. To help him exercise his power, a Council of Ministers was established. Appointed by the Leader himself, they was to exercise executive authority; the Leader had the inalienable right to appoint or dismiss them. The Meclis, already pruned of much power, was effectively relegated to an advisory council.

Secondly, the Labor Charter Act was also passed and signed into Law. The Charter mandated the role of the State and the people; according to the Charter, all Byzantine citizens had the duty to work and the State to provide them the means of income (in other words, jobs). It also stressed that Byzantine citizens had an unquestionable sense of duty to the Government and the State, and nothing else. Failure to fulfill that duty was treason and entailed severe consequences.

Thirdly and last, to reduce the possibility of any opposition to his rule, Kelikark signed into law the National Movement Act. The Act established the precedent of a National Movement, and configured its Principles. The National Movement -- comprising of ’right-wing’ communion of political families -- was to define the political structure of the Republic of Byzantium. As such, civil servants (police officers, state volunteers, Gizli Polis agents, etc.) and holders of public offices, trade union organizations, soldiers, generals, commanders, members of the Church, and the like were required to pledge their loyalty to the Principles of the Act, to Byzantium, and to Kelikark.

In addition, Byzantium was to be a “Catholic, social, and parliamentary Republic modeled on the ideal of democracy and freedom”. Christianity is still an official state religion and was protected as such, although religion remained separated from the State.

Through one of Kelikark‘s many 'Reforms', the transformation of the Republic of Byzantium into a dictatorial one-party State was complete.

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Stavropol, Stavropol Republic, Byzantium - The Nationalist Party, after days of deliberations, decided upon a course for the former Administrative Republic of Transcaucasia; a new Republic was to be established. With its capital in Stavropol, the Stavropol Republic is to be an “autonomous Republic modeled on Nationalist and Byzantine ideals, and on these of freedom and democracy”. Dmitry Kuzmin, formerly the City’s Mayor, was appointed ‘President of the Stavropol Republic‘.

The creation of the Republic, as explained by Kelikark, was to “establish the necessity of a State that would provide for protection and stability concerning the Nationalist position in Georgia, especially with the interest of protecting Byzantine interests.” But for all purposes and intents, the Stavropol Republic was effectively a puppet state controlled directly by Constantinople. Byzantine laws, existing in Byzantium and the Greek Devletin, was duly applied to the new Republic; applications into the Gizli Polis and Orgutu soared as the ranks of the tentatively-named “Army of the Stavropol Republic” doubled and even tripled, soaring from about 30,000 to over 100,000. Also, the Liberal and Socialist Parties, as well as others, were banned and martial law introduced, especially in crucial coastal regions, like Astrakhan.

As in Byzantium, the Stavropol Republic was divided, and subdivided, into provinces and districts; an eleventh Administrative Region was instituted in the region, the Stavropol Region. A sixth Military District was also created; the Stavropol Military District was established in Stavropol and was to assume administrative responsibilities over military affairs in the region.

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Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - As a prerequisite of “facilitating improved relations with the world, especially as a means to further cement Nationalist legitimacy in Byzantium in the world‘s eyes”, the Nationalist Party approved a National Directive. Termed the Private Foreign Businesses Act, all foreign businesses and industries (except major ones) were reverted back to their owners’ control, with compensation (up to $500,000). However, there was a string attached: denationalized businesses and industries in Byzantium would have to function with Government supervision, although not interference and the like.

Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - For unspecified reasons, the National Party announced to the world today that beginning tomorrow, the 20th of January 2009, Byzantium will undergo a ‘media blackout’ for an unspecified period. This is all.

(OOC: I fly back to university tomorrow. Oh, home sweet home, I’ll miss you. :()

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Through one of Kelikark's many 'Reforms', the transformation of the Republic of Byzantium into a dictatorial one-party State was complete.

Andonia congratulates Byzantium on ensuring stability and order in their nation until the next massive revolution.

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Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - After a brief period, the Government has declared the media blackout to be lifted. During the 'blackout' period, everything went on as usual -- with the exception of the lack of television and radio channels and the like.

Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - To further cement the 'sovereignity' and legitimacy of the Nationalist Party over the Republic of Byzantium, Leader John Kelikark signed into law the National Party Act, officially renaming the Nationalist Party to the National Party. This was a part to further promote the ideals of the 'National Movement' in Byzantium.

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Edessa, Edessa Region, Byzantium - For unspecified reasons, the National Party has initiated a new programme, that of defense. For this specific purpose, tens of thousands of workers and soldiers (not including these working in the current reconstruction effort) were mobilized toward the Rebel Army border, where they began digging up foundations and the like. Barbed wire, anti-tank defenses, and other 'fortifications' were being set up.

The same occurred at the Georgian-Azerbaijani border and the Stavropol and Slovorussian border; armed soldiers kept watch as workers and volunteers began working on the defense fortifications. At the border between Gebiv and the Greek Devletin, much progress was being made as the foundations of a future 'border defense' was being built midst the mountains; the only unguarded border was with the Union of Eastern Soviet Republics. The programme would take time and would require millions and millions of funding and hard work, but it would be a success.

And it will be completed in time.

Ankara, Ankara Region, Byzantium - Much progress with the new passport system was made as the system crisscrossed throughout Byzantium; it was now full online and functional in all major cities and towns, as well as some villages. Efforts are now being made to connect the rest of the villages to the new system.

Constantinople, Federal District, Byzantium - A federal survey by the National Government on the Silahlı Kuvvetleri indicated that there were approximately 500,000 serving under arms in the Byzantine Army, 59 ships in the Navy, and at least 200,000 in the Air Force.

On an unrelated notice, by decree, the Foreign Ministry was renamed the State Ministry and entrusted broader responsibilites regarding foreign and international affairs. The duties of the State Ministry is to provide a 'public face' of the Byzantine Government and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Maintaining records of Embassies currently in Byzantium
  • Protecting, supporting, and assisting foreign Embassies in Constantinople
  • Assisting and protecting Byzantine businesses (both domestic and foreign)
  • Protecting and assisting Byzantine citizens traveling or living aboard
  • Providing support to international activities of Byzantine organizations and agencies on the federal, regional, provincial, and district levels
  • Coordinating official diplomatic visits (both at home and aboard), and other diplomatic efforts

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***Classified***

"So, it's all set, then?"

"Yes, it is. We're set to go, and we shall succeed."

Such was the conversation between two Gizli Polis officials in their office in the Guvenlik building. John Milik nodded as he picked up the phone to phone the Directorate.

The telephone rang briefly on the desk in the Directorate's office before a hand reached out and picked it up. "Hello."

"It's all set. We are prepared."

The Directorate's lips curled up into a smirk. "Good. Initiate Operation Goodwill." He stated briefly.

"It shall be done."

With that, Alek Trevelyan hung up the telephone. He leaned back slightly in his chair as he handled papers on this desk, smirking. It has begun. Nobody would know what was about to hit them...

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At precisely that moment, Operation Goodwill was duly initiated. The streets of many Byzantine cities and towns were deserted and silent at night, due to the current curfew law. However, that silence would soon be broken by the rumbling of cars and footsteps. It was to happen all over Byzantium.

Beginning in Ankara, the capital of the Ankara Region, hundreds of dark-uniformed Gizli Polis troopers, heavily-armed with sub-machine guns and truncheons, got out of their vehicles and marched toward their destinations -- namely, apartment buildings, condos, and houses.

Their targets?

Communists. Or rather, former Communists, pro-Communist sympathizers, Socialists, and the like. Although thousands of Communists had apparently tore up their membership cards months ago, they were still in the Gizli Polis's files -- and this was utilized for this effort. The existing National Prohibition Act, in place under the old Government, provided legitimacy for this operation -- should the world find out.

In hundreds and even thousands of cities, towns, and villages all across Byzantium, at apparently at the same time, Gizli Polis troopers broke through front doors, apartment doors, and the like, with force. The targets, who were in bed, were roughly hauled up and arrested, right there and then. Most of them were beaten up before being roughly hauled away from their homes and into the Gizli Polis vans that would take them...somewhere.

In several moments, thousands of targets were arrested all over Ankara; tens of thousands all over Byzantium. And the figures were mounting up rapidly. Operation Goodwill was well underway...

And the world would not know it.

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Brasilia, Distrito Federal - Since the Nationalist coup and the subsequent revolution and 'civil war' that culminated in total Nationalist control of Byzantium, the Loyalists had been eliminated at home. Except aboard; in the Federal District of Brasilia, in South America, tens of thousands of soldiers, officers, and civil servants of the old Byzantine regime were enjoying life in the city beside their Viniland counterparts.

That is, until they received a telegram from the new National Government today, ordering them to give themselves up in lieu of force. Terrified of the Nationalists, and aware of what could happen to them if they surrendered, the 'Loyalists' chose instead to turn over their control of the city to Viniland and to seek refuge in Viniland. Following this, the National Government has insisted for the return of these "refugees", even going as far as to offer to broker a deal with the Vinilandese Government regarding this matter.

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Operation Goodwill was going perfectly well, going exactly as planned. In a course of several hours, tens of thousands of Communists (both confirmed and suspected), their supporters, and sympathizers were being arrested all over Byzantium. As per the National Party's orders, each Region had a 'quota' to fulfill, to arrest as many Communists as possible; reports continuously steamed into Constantinople from all over the country. For instance, the Gizli Polis office in Ankara reported that approximately 8,193 were arrested; Dardanellia reported 1,938. In Constantinople and Antalya, respectively, 11,387 and 2,491 were arrested. In Athens alone, about 3,938 were arrested in a single night.

The provincial, district, and local offices of the Gizli Polis were swarmed with frantic activity as their personnel struggled to keep on top of things. Reports were rapidly mounting, and secretaries were reportably exhausted because they "handled so much paperwork"; some computer networks even crashed because there were so much information in so little time.

But despite so, Operation Goodwill -- in the eyes of the National authorities -- was a 'overwhelming success', so to say. In this single operation, the threat of Communist 'subversion' and 'fifth column' were eradicated.

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