Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eirinn Go Brach's Bold New Direction

May 24, 2017,
17:55 local time,
Visigothic Kingdom Mundiali Field Office,
Toulouse, Visigothic Kingdom

All Stephen Alvarez wanted to do when he entered the break room was to unwind and prepare for his long ride home when something caught his attention.

“Top of the afternoon to ya,” said Danforth Grayson with a wry smile.
“You!” said Stephen, drawing his gun. “How’d you get in here? In fact, you have over 325 charges against you by my last count…I could arrest you right…in fact, I will arrest you right now!”

“Stevie buddy,” said Stephen’s brother, Luke, walking into the break room, taking a bite out of his customary sandwich. “Relax…I brought him here.” Luke took another bite as Stephen’s anger abided, though not his caution. “He’s got some information on Annabelle Sanchez.” Luke then took another bite before continuing. “Plus he scored me this really cool bites on this ciabatta bun…I mean, this sandwich is exquisite.” Luke took some more bites, really enjoying the sandwich as Grayson smiled in appreciation.

“I know Roger,” said Grayson, referring to the local deli where he got the sandwich. “So I was able to get him to make you something real special. You should try it some time too, Stephen. I think you’d like it.”

“He’s right you know,” said Luke. Luke took more bites, enjoying the sandwich even more as he ate.

“All right, all right,” said Stephen, his patience wearing thin. “Maybe some time, we can go to Roger’s, but right now…Danforth, you better have some darn good intel or I’m going to book you just for wasting my time.”

Grayson chuckled.

“Yeah,” he said nonchalantly. “I woke up on the wrong side of bed too sometimes…I just learned, taking it out on others isn’t at all productive.”

Stephen let out a deep, frustrated sigh while Grayson chuckled again.

“First of all,” he said, getting serious. “Annabelle is fine. She’s safe…found a safe house for her and her new friends.”
“I’m sorry,” said Stephen, getting exasperated, “but you can’t bring her somewhere and not tell me where she is…that’s kidnapping.”
“I wish it was that simple,” said Grayson. “Under normal circumstances, you’d be right…but Annabelle wasn’t captured under normal circumstances.”
“Captured?” said Stephen, his interest now piqued.

“Yes,” said Grayson, confidently. “By a man named Connor Conacher, a member of Eirinn Go Brach. He works as a ‘scout’ who kidnaps vulnerable people, men and women alike, recruiting them as slaves for the Celtic cause. In Annabelle’s case, she was taken to a brothel in Casara, where Conacher and his gang could hide in plain sight…when they paid their taxes, that is. I think you’d appreciate that the nature of their business meant they weren’t always on top of their books.”

“All right,” said Stephen, getting really intrigued by Grayson’s information.

“See, everyone knows Eirinn Go Brach as a terrorist organization,” said Grayson, “but they’re more than that. They’re a nationalist organization, bent on recreating the ancient glory that was the Celtic Empire, all under a pro-Irish name. Part of this is viewing anyone who isn’t even remotely Irish as slaves, and Sinn Fein seeks to execute on that worldview.

“In this, Annabelle was part of a larger game, where she and millions of other hapless souls are taken against their will to live a life literally serving someone else’s greed. Now, usually Eirinn Go Brach will go to places like Germany or Gaul where the police is lax and the people are so poor and desperate that some will unwittingly prefer their servitude, so Annabelle’s kidnapping represents a turning point for the group.”

“A turning point?” said Stephen.

“Yes,” said Grayson, “because Conacher proved that Eirinn Go Brach don’t need to operate where it’s ‘easy’, they can challenge themselves and go after the people they really want, like the Romans, the Carthaginians, the Welsh, the English…you as the Visigoths. All standing on territory that Eirinn Go Brach believe is rightfully theirs, but because the policing proved too difficult for them to penetrate. The brothel in Casara was done for ‘practice’, to prove to the group that they don’t have to fear the ‘developed’ nations anymore.”

“OK,” said Stephen, “all right…slow down. I already know that Eirinn Go Brach want to create a Celtic Empire…it’s kind of not that much of a secret…and they’ve been terrorists for decades, even in places like Roman territory. I still remember the Slaughter of Seville.

“…and besides, how do you know all this?”

“I’ve been studying Eirinn Go Brach for a while,” said Grayson, “and Conacher in particular for a number of years. I observed the parts of their organization that only academics know about, if that. I knew that, for years, Eirinn Go Brach sought not just to terrorize and make countries acquiesce to their demands but also to infiltrate them, and to slowly subvert them into puppets that will do their bidding. Many places of the Western European Confederation are practically Eirinn Go Brach principalities in all but name, and their power there is growing. I wondered when Eirinn Go Brach would branch out and determine that the WEC doesn’t meet their ends and that they need to expand their reach…and Conacher showed they can do that with Annabelle.


“Now, there’s still a lot of details that I don’t know about…but one thing is for sure. Annabelle’s kidnapping is part of a larger problem, one the world can’t dismiss as happening from a ‘fly by night’ terrorist organization. The Celtic Empire found a way to operate right under your noses, and you need to figure out how they did it…otherwise, this group will get even bolder and maybe even more successful, creating a tide that will be impossible to stop.”

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Connie's Blog, May 14, 2017

MODINE MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN ERASMUS, BUT IS SHE REALLY BETTER?

I’m often amazed at how oblivious the general population is about the truth.

Yesterday, after barely three weeks in office, Roman Caesar Erasmus faced yet another challenge to his Caesarship, this time from American President Haylie Modine. Modine, obviously unhappy that her lapdog, Valerius IV, didn’t get re-elected, launched a broadside from left field that asserted that Erasmus only gained power because of the electioneering shenanigans of “agents within the Ontarian governnent.”

Predictably, Modine didn’t provide any evidence that the Ontarians meddled in the Roman election, only alluding to “sources that brought the matter to (her) attention.” Roman officials- including those from Valerius’ own camp- were quick to denounce Modine’s assertion, calling it “nothing but innuendo with little basis in fact”. Valerius himself even went on the record to deny anything untoward occured during the election, saying the assertion was “nothing more than sour grapes.”

Of course, this has done little to placate Erasmus’ enemies, foremost of which is Rome’s alt-left leader Viridis. Viridis pointed to a campaign event where Erasmus spoke positively of Juan Castro, the current Ontarian Chancellor, asserting that Erasmus equated Castro to a “modern day Diocletian” and upholding him to “a standard that I myself may once meet”. While Erasmus is certainly on the record as praising Castro for his resilience as well as having a certain fondness for Diocletian that isn’t necessarily shared by the rest of the Roman public, Viridis’ statement is misleading. The video of the event that Viridis used as evidence is heavily edited, involving film from three separate campaign stops at the same place spliced and put together in one film, with only the eagle-eyed able to spot the differences.

Even if Viridis’ video was factual, the video in no way suggests that Erasmus ever wants to go as far as Diocletian did and actually destroy the democratic institutions. Erasmus’ praise of Diocletian extends only to Diocletian’s “take charge attitude” and the decision to end all facades about the realities of Roman politics at the time, as Diocletian removed any doubt that the Empire was a monarchy and not a monarchy disguised as a democracy. We can debate the merits of Diocletian’s decisions, but there is no doubt that Diocletian’s attitude resonated with Erasmus, whose main campaign message was for the Empire to start acting like one instead of “pretending” like it did under Valerius.

I can understand why invoking Diocletian is scary, since Diocletian isn’t considered one of the many figures who defended Roman democracy, raising fears that Erasmus himself wants to undermine Roman democracy. The man himself also projects a very strong, authoritative persona, one that evokes strong emotions and could make some afraid of him (and, if you were to ask Erasmus himself, he’d probably say that he’d be OK with people afraid of him).

I can also understand why Modine is a much more “favourable” figure outside of Rome, because she’s a lot more approachable and likeable personality-wise than Erasmus is. You look at Modine and you see someone who is reassuring, kind, and generous, someone who’d give you a hug and tell you everything will be okay. You look at Erasmus and you definitely don’t see someone you can hug, and that scares a lot of people.

Yet, if anyone is more destructive to democracy and human rights, you need to look at Modine and move well away from Erasmus.

Erasmus has more than done everything he can to prove he is as democratic as it gets. He’s already put forward constitutional amendments that would ensure the Caesar would be accountable to an independent judiciary, amendments that are expected to pass. He’s held numerous meetings since gaining office with the Republican Consul and the Tribune of Plebs, and he’s already planned numerous town hall meetings across the Empire to get feedback from the people. He’s offered to testify publicly before the Plebian Council and the Roman Senate regarding any issues they may have with him, saying that “the Caesar should never need a subpoena.”

He’s even gone so far as to say he’ll publicly testify before the Council and Senate regarding Modine’s latest broadside and hire a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations, even going so far as to allow the Virtue Ensurers to verify the election results, even though some view that move as risky.

He’s been more than forthcoming and open about anything.

Modine?

She’s refused, time and again, to allow any kind of investigation into the elections that got her into power and established the American Confederacy, despite clear evidence of improprieties. Hundreds of her political opponents have been jailed and even convicted under spurious charges, with many others resigning than be reduced to that fate. She’s enacted many laws that have removed basic civil rights for her citizens, such as indiscriminately banning and expelling Nathanites and jailing thousands of men who were merely accused of the slightest bit of harassment, with no evidence needed to convict (and many wrongfully convicted). Elections- right down to the municipal level- have become a farce, with Modine bullying and intimidating voters into choosing her candidate and scaring off any actual opposition, and that’s only if those elections are even allowed to be held at all.

Which was before Modine rammed a Constitutional amendment that requires her, and only her, to approve of any candidates for office beforehand.

Sure, Modine can point to a “nicer” America where harassment and assault, especially the sexual kind, are in steep decline. A good result, yes, but it comes with a cost, as more and more Americans are losing trust in their police systems, with millions- of men and women- stating they’re now afraid of the police, because now people are worried that even the slightest transgression could get misconstrued into a situation that ends careers and throws innocents into jail.

So, I ask you, do the ends justify the means when Modine, whose sister was brutally raped and murdered, seems to be only serving herself and her friends and not the country as a whole?

...and who really is better for democracy? Someone who is imposing but actually listens, or someone who sounds like your friend but will stab you in the back later?


Modine may feel virtuous in her intentions, but, as the saying goes, actions speak louder- much louder- than words.