May He Live Forever

HADRAL DINÍTAL, FIRITAL (TIFRELLE RING) – Civil war looms today in the nation of Dinítal, the current “senior power” in the Firital System.

The governance of Dinítal has suffered from a degree of instability over the past four months, since the popular King Terris IV slipped into a coma following a ground-car accident, with the interim regency council bitterly divided between supporters of Queen Dervan II, an adherent of the Accelerationist faction in local politics, and the estranged Prince Ravol, who has been cultivating contacts and favors among the Geotraditionalist and Theosophist factions.

Following consultations with her personal advisors, the Queen has ordered the uploading of her spouse using imported reinstantiation technology. While this news was greeted with circumspect joy among the most fervent supporters of the King and the Accelerationists, wide condemnation has come from the Geotraditionalists, who accuse the Queen of attempting a coup, using this ruse to create an eternal monarchy, and from the Theosophists, who consider all such sophotechnologies blasphemous and soul-disfiguring. While Prince Ravol has issued a statement condemning the Queen’s actions on both these grounds and stating, in an attempt to reach out to royalists, that it was clearly no desire of his father’s, he has received only lukewarm support from either principal faction: it was widely known that King Terris did not consider the Prince fit to succeed him, and both factions seem loyal to the King’s previously expressed desires for the moment.

While as yet open conflict has not broken out, all three factions are maneuvering to place themselves in favorable economic and military positions, and unless there is a radical chaotic shift towards diplomacy or mutual secession, the eventual outbreak of violence seems to be clionomically inevitable.

Meanwhile, Transitory Caliph Naven of the Holy Firitalic Empire (Remnant), the remaining fragment of the planetary governance in place before the Bombardment of Firital, expressed firm support for the Theosophic position in general and Prince Ravol’s claim in specific, stopping just short of an offer of military alliance, while alleging undue offworld influence from various postsophont and consensual powers. While such allegations have been a staple of communiques originating from the Holy Firitalic Remnant, it is disquieting to see them coupled with this new reach for temporal authority in clear violation of the post-Bombardment continuation agreement.

– the Accord Journal

But How Many Divisions Has He Got?

“My dear ephemerals, in observing your broadcasts (while I appreciate your martial enthusiasm) I really must question some of your underlying assumptions, both practical and theological.  Over the course of my fifteen hundred years, I’ve killed more gods than you chaps claim to have.  If yours really is on your side, then tell Him to trot along out here and get on with it; it’s nearly ship’s lunchtime.”

“But if He doesn’t feel like fighting today, we’ll still accept your unconditional surrender.  Otherwise, my fleet attacks at planet dawn, capital time.”

– High Admiral Lucian Antarianus-ith-Avaranaith, public broadcast before the Bombardment of Firital