Bëltse and Vaara to join SUECS
WOSTSA (Bëltse), 15/02/319 || Following a request made by their respective governments last month, the Kingdom of Bëltse and the nation of Vaara in Wostsa, the capital of Bëltse, signed today the instruments of accession to the Smalik Union for Economic Cooperation and Security (SUECS). Following the violent situation in their largest neighbouring country the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples (LUKP), both Vaara and Bëltse now choose to belong to a more stable alliance of nations that will be able to provide protection if needed.
It all started with the terrorist attack on the Council of Peoples (the parliament of the LUKP) on 16 July last year. Or actually it all started with the dissolution of Bowdani and the creation of the LUKP in October 316. Or actually it started way earlier, but depending on which party or faction you believe, different people and events are responsible for the troubles in which (most of) the area is finding itself at this moment.
The gass attack on the CoP more or less incapacitated the legislative power, although it took place during the last plenary session before winter recess, so not much would have been going on in the CoP in the weeks thereafter anyway. The army closed off the capital, Sky City, and the press was silenced pending the investigation. The Nucani rebels who were conducting a guerilla war in Fort Boare/Nucani province against the government in Sky City were of course blamed immediately.
Rumours increased however that the Grand Pensionary Stanley Winchester himself ordered the attack so as to solidify his power and have free range against any rebel groups, but although these rumours were dismissed by high ranking political and military officials, they lingered and caused him to be treated with distrust by his fellow government members. Although the GP can't be sacked according to the constitution, he could be ignored, so the GP was increasingly kept outside cabinet meetings, which were instead chaired by Vice Grand Pensionary Owen Yorquham. Elections to replace the murdered CoP members were scheduled for late September, but it turned out impossible to organise safe elections in all parts of the country so the date approached and passed without anything happening.
The city of South Watch had been doing its own business again since August without much interference by the government in Sky City, but on 2 October VGP Yorquham ordered the army to reduce the attacks against the Nucani rebels and bring South Watch and (for good measures) the rest of the country in line again; economically, the latter was far more important for the LUKP than Fort Boare province, and as rumours and development in the investigation around the CoP attacks suggested that the Nucani rebels weren't behind it after all, Yorquham thought it best to focus the army's attention elsewhere.
Yorquham's order was interpreted by many as an attempt to establish a military dictatorship, so a wave of protests hit several other cities. The army, already in trouble due to members resigning or leaving after having been pressured by their families to do so, was at a loss what to do and after some communicative errors, violence erupted in between the protesters and the army, first in the city of Pearyt (Bbukes) and then in other cities. An emotional speech on television by Yorquham that everybody needed to calm down was hardly seen by anyone, because the emission was interrupted in large parts of the country and because it was broadcast at the same time as Who wants to be filthily rich?, which was watched by those who weren't fighting.
The army was unsuccessful against the South Watch troops, who increased the city's area of control beyond North Watch. On 18 October, South Watch mayor Everett Sawxon-Thwyte proclaims the creation of the independent Territory of Both Watches as a new state. This act causes a cascade of independence declarations: on 24 October, (armed) Kencari middle class traders take control of the city of Pearyt/Bbukes and proclaim the independence of the Free City of Pearyt (Bburie Bau Bbukes ha); on 29 October, the Kingdom of Nucani (Kagezusta Nucani ha) is proclaimed in Fort Boare; and on 31 October, the so called First Accord of Disky between representatives of the cities of Disky, Gúsmin, and Mátin, leads to the creation of the nation of the Three Cities (Mud Siti). A Second Accord of Disky between the Three Cities and Both Watches in January 319 about the area of Urbana Ozust enabled the formal annexation of Urbana Ozust by the Three Cities, who subsequently renamed themselves the Three Cities and The Cove (Mud Siti du Ozust). The LUKP army doesn't know where to start intervening and the central area of the LUKP seems doomed to succumb in random violence.
In response, the private security army forces of the Lady of Sarigis (which is somehow far better organised than the LUKP army) secure the Sarigis area, turning it into a corporation-with-territory, but without proclaiming independence from the LUKP. The Lady of Sarigis manages to come to an agreement with the LUKP government that this course of action is in the LUKP's best interest, and the area remains de facto neutral in the ongoing conflict.
In November, local politicians in the southernmost part of the LUKP which had been left in peace so far, consider the likelihood that Sky City won't be able to govern them anymore and organise themselves as a Coastal/White Kencari nation, which calls itself Bowdani.
In December, a defected LUKP army colonel Marcus Baycon establishes a military regime in Fort Urban and his troops start securing the area up to the borders with Coare and Tak. On 18 December, he also calls his country Bowdani. In practice, people seem to have started calling the northern Bowdani 'Black Bowdani', after the uniforms of the military leaders) and the southern one 'White Bowdani', because of the White Kencari.
The ongoing troubles and violence in the LUKP have caused the rich and famous (mostly from the Ingallish part of the country, except the Ingallish dominated Territory of Both Watches) to flee the LUKP and settle in other Ingallish speaking countries. Among them is said to be Patriarch Kevin of the Orthodox Church of Bowdani, who hasn't been seen in his residence in Sarimiow for months.
Little is known about how the situation has developed in Sky City in the past couple of weeks. There are wild rumours about who is currently in charge, with some claiming it is still Grand Pensionary Stanley Winchester, others being sure that Vice Grand Pensionary Owen Yorquham is the real man in command, whereas there are also those who believe that both have been arrested and that the LUKP army commanders are trying their best to defend what is left of LUKP territory from being eaten by all those new countries that seem to be popping up everywhere.
Qur ob Mɛɛk, the Secretary General of SUECS, welcomed the membership of Vaara and Bëltse, although their respective parliaments still have to ratify the accession instruments. The Secretary General also said that he had received application letters from several of the newly founded nations, most vocally the Kingdom of Nucani. "SUECS will of course not accept them immediately as new members however", Qur ob Mɛɛk said. "At this point it is still difficult to tell how stable some of these new nations will be and whether or not they will still exist in one year. We must stand back, take it slow, and see how things will develop." (SOUTH WATCH HERALD) (SORRE PWEDUM RREWOKN) (THE SMALIK CHRONICLE)