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SUN Side Chat - Drenovia and Chistopol
« on: January 11, 2021, 05:39:15 PM »
The talks were over and the treaty had been signed. King Đurađ had however noticed an extra opportunity and now fully wanted to see where it would go. He sent his other delegates from the various Orders that made Drenovia there homes to engage the Chistopolian delegates in conversation except for their Crown Prince Kārlis. During the talks it had been clear that the heir to the Chistopol throne didn't exactly seem to share the First Ministers view of the world. While it was still a relatively unknown situation in Chistopol to Đurađ the fact a fellow Royal seemed to be lacking influence could be something to take advantage of. The King held his wife Jožica's hand as they approached the Crown Prince. "Your Highness"  Đurađ extended a hand, "May I introduce my wife Queen Jožica"

Still attired in the uniform of her own Order the Queen gently shook the Crown Prince's hand. "A pleasure to meet" she greeted him with a kind of expressionless face.

"I couldn't help notice that your First Minister didn't seem to support your position that strongly. I was hoping royal to royal that we may be in a position to perhaps help each other out. If our nations are to be friends then I would prefer to work with other royals and we could be in a position to help your family gain some influence back. We're a nation ourselves with a strong royal tradition. An expanding royal family and we want to escape our isolationism. Today has been the first step in that but we want more. Perhaps we can discuss you and your fathers situation back home?"

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Re: SUN Side Chat - Drenovia and Chistopol
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2021, 07:51:32 PM »
Crown Prince Kārlis had no desire to mingle with the other Chistopolians following the ending of the talks. He found himself a quiet spot and sat down to survey the event unfolding before him. He was thankful though that King Đurađ and Queen Jožica had come over. He had been impressed by the Drenovian King in the meeting and was pleased to make his acquintance.

"Our nation is sadly going through some moves that are anti-monarchist. It is sad that there is a growing group that wish to totally remove the monarchies power yet we have already given up so much. My father very literally gave his blood to free the nation from Communsim. He willingly gave the people more power but that was never enough for them. Now our family are merely the rubber stampers of our nations laws. At worst all we can do is refuse to sign things and make the people have to do a referendum. Its a pale reflection on what our role was and I fear its making our nation soft as it takes too long for anything to happen. As for my fathers situation I am not entirely sure what you want to know?"

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Re: SUN Side Chat - Drenovia and Chistopol
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2021, 10:50:29 PM »
Đurađ shook his head a little as the CrownPrince spoke. "It is a great disrespect to see a man such as your father who fought to free his people now have to ride as a passenger in shaping your nations future. It is a sad thing to see." Đurađ was a member of the Drenovian Order, a religious group that had served the nations military for hundreds of years and he was rightly proud of the way that it had defended the Union against foreign crusades and interlopers. "What I meant by discussing his situation is ensuring that he is rightly and justifiably honoured and respected the way a monarch should be. Your nation is rebuilding and reforming to become in my view weaker. This First Minister of yours seems someone who panders to the mob. I think he will not give your father the respect he deserves. I wonder if perhaps you could make it possible for me to visit your nation and meet directly with your father. Monarch to monarch and soldier to soldier. I have a few things I would like to present to him. It would be a chance for him to be publically recognised and for us to show our new friendship is possible mainly because of the royal families rather than the politicians. Do you think this will be possible. If not I would be deeply honoured if he visited the Union."


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Re: SUN Side Chat - Drenovia and Chistopol
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2021, 09:30:01 AM »
"I believe Your Majesty that while my father would welcome such a visit it would be impossible to undertake without there being some involvement from the First Minister. We have a significant Royalist sentiment in the older generations but the youth of the nation I think are sadly adopting a view of the world that tries to impose fairness where we already had it. The Communists who came spoke of giving power to the people, seizing control on behalf of the worker and yet it was the workers who suffered. We went from being a nation capable of competing economically with most nations across the globe to one who struggles to renovate a capital in dire need of a face-lift and infrastructure boost all because of that idea. Under the monarchs of Chistopol our people had flourished but now we struggle to even get libraries built without the help of religious groups like the Bene Gesserit. We have two minor political parties who are pushing for restoration of power to the monarchy however they only have about 15% of the seats in our government meaning they have very little in the way of a voice. Now in terms of your visit if you do not mind also visiting the First Minister then I will be happy to see you in Tartu, if you'd rather avoid the creature then I am certain my father would be thrilled to visit."

OOC- Shall we just jump to either your King heading to Chistopol or if you'd prefer not to see the First Minister us coming to you?

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Re: SUN Side Chat - Drenovia and Chistopol
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2021, 09:23:15 PM »
OOC- We'll come to you. I'll assume this is pre us going to Parbhani



Two weeks had passed since the meeting in Cassiopeia and King Đurađ IV had his team make several contacts with the Chistopolian royals household to ensure everything was arranged for their meeting. He was determined to make the occasion one that was about two King's meeting for the first time in their nations histories rather than a state visit to another nations government. As such Đurađ had gathered together an impressive entourage for his first trip to Chistopol. Alongside himself was first wife Queen Terezija and his second wife Jožica. The two Queen's summed up the Drenovia that Đurađ was trying to embrace, his elder wife was attired in a smart business suit black with a white blouse. His younger wife though was devoted to her religious order, The Order of Krešimira which was the only all female Order within the nation. As a Order based on being guardians of the woods and Huntresses so Jozica was attired in their traditional green hide and wool dress. They had brought with them the head of the largest of the Religious Orders too, Commander of the Household for the Drenovian Order, a man that in one regard even outranked the King but seeing as Đurađ was a descendent of a demi-God that really didn't factor in.

The four of them had flown in to arrive early in the morning and it was Jožica who would lead the way off of the aircraft her green hood pulled up over her blonde hair. It was tradition that in any procession representatives of the Order of Krešimira would go first as it represented their leading of traditional Hunts. As she set foot on Chistopolian soil she stopped and pulled her hood down. On a gold chain a horn was strung over her left shoulder she took it now and moistening her lips before blowing it in one long clear note as her husband and the others headed down the aircraft steps. Jožica spoke loudly as her husband took his first step on Chistopolian land. "Druantia, God of the Forest your blood, His Majesty King Đurađ, Grand Master of the Drenovian's, Duke of Dabašnica has arrived in a land far from home. Please watch over him and protect him as he walks in new Forests with new friends." The King kissed his wife on the cheek as he passed and headed towards the welcoming committee.

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Re: SUN Side Chat - Drenovia and Chistopol
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2021, 10:19:16 AM »
Armed with his walking stick King Kārlis IV waited leaning on the polished wooden pole. His son and name sake Prince Kārlis has returned with a glowing report of this foreign monarch and the respect he had given the families position and while the senior Kārlis perhaps didn't share his son's dream of an all powerful monarchy. He had seen how despite the Communists painting themselves as a giving power to the people they had infact done the opposite and made the Chistopolians less powerful over their own lives. He wanted to walk a middle path were the crown and the Chamber of the People walked side by side in step whenever possible. He did though think the man stood to his left, First Minister Darijus Laine had taken the nation too far away from this and had taken many opportunities to weaken the royal family and leave them as nothing but puppets. Today though he suspected that would be harder to do if his son's words about King Đurađ were to be believed.

The King was pleased when the Drenovian delegation landed as it meant soon he would be able to be seated in the waiting car. He had refused the airport's liason ladies kind offer of a seat as to use it would have shown in his mind a weakness and so instead he endured the aches of his 89 year old body. He had to admit the sight of Jožica amused him, a beautiful young woman dressed like she had stepped forward from the middle ages. He understood a little of the Drenovian faith and culture and was genuinely looking forward to hearing more despite him feeling some of it, especially polygamy was a little outdated. Only one religious sect in his nation believed it was permissible and the law only recognised officially only a marriage between a man and woman. The introduction of her husband was rather dramatic but the King did his best not to react with anything other than a dignified silence. As soon as Durad set foot on the tarmac a military band played the guests national anthem and King Kārlis moved forward. "King Durad welcome to Chistopol" King Kārlis switched the walking stick to his left hand and extended his right to greet the younger monarch. "My son returned from Cassiopeia promoting a visit and friendship with Drenovia very enthusiastically. I look forward to showing you our land and then at some point in the future perhaps visiting your own nation. You already known my son Crown Prince Kārlis and I think you also know our First Minister." He waited for the group to be introduced to each other before leading the King along a prepared red carpet that lead towards the waiting vehicle. Lining one side of the red carpet in a perfect line were the members of the Kings' Royal Ranger Regiment, a unit he had himself founded during the guerrilla campaign to rid his land of the Communists. While tradition dictated the Royal Guards Regiment should undertake duties such as this the King still preferred to use his Rangers despite them today being nothing more than a regular infantry unit. The King knew a few of the officers from his regular visits and stopped and chatted to a few almost forgetting he had a foreign monarch to escort to a car.

The First Minister found himself walking alongside the youngest Queen and was curious, "If I may ask your Highness, what is the symbolism behind your attire and your horn. Its a rather interesting thing for us to see here." He hoped he hadn't offended although frankly even if he had it was little concern. The visit to him was an inconvenience and he'd tried to stop it. He could be better off at the moment sitting down and coming up with ways to help the capital flourish again rather than a goodwill tour by a foreign monarch. Perhaps though there may be ways to turn this visit to his advantage but that was yet to be seen.

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Re: SUN Side Chat - Drenovia and Chistopol
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2021, 09:26:52 PM »
King Đurađ gave the briefest of handshakes to the First Minister but exchanged a warm and friendly one with Kārlis and his son before accompanying him down the line of his soldiers. As the King stopped and spoke the the soldiers Đurađ didn't mind his arrival being delayed at all for this and infact indulged in speaking to a few of the soldiers himself. Each time his host stopped and spoke to someone Đurađ did the same to the soldier stood next to that man and as Karlis moved on he thanked the soldier for his time and shook the mans hand ensuring he was seen to have shaken hands for longer than with the First Minister.

Behind him he heard the First Minister try and strike up a conversation with his wife Queen Jožica who carried herself with a rather elongated posture. She was already reasonably tall but the elegant way she carried herself, shoulders back and spine ramrod straight with her chin slightly tipped upwards. Her face was often emotionless and as the First Minister addressed her it remained so.  She took a breath before answering "It is our belief that the Forest is the true form of Mundus and that one day all the planet must return to that. My religious order act as the guardians of the forest, we hunt the things that would do us harm and we do so in ways that cause no harm. That is why we wear this" Her last sentence was almost taking the tone of him having asked a stupid question.

Ahead the two Kings and the eldest Queen were engaged in finishing the meeting of the local soldiers. "So Your Majesty I hope we have a chance to see some of your nation" he was careful enough to ensure the "Your" was said loud enough to have the First Minister hear.

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Re: SUN Side Chat - Drenovia and Chistopol
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2021, 10:07:21 PM »
"We have brunch arranged at the Palace." Kārlis IV confirmed to Đurađ. "Its a rather humble home compared to some of the major palaces in Mundus, the palaces at Northfort would consider this a lodge I think but we like it." Following the victory over the communists many of the great buildings of state had either been destroyed or Kārlis had handed them piece by piece over to the state. The awaiting cars took the royals out from the national airport towards the countryside. The Royal Palace sat out on the countryside that surrounded Tartu, it had been that way as the royals had pulled back from day to day involvement in the countryside and now the family enjoyed some of the more lesuirely past-times of the countryside while using their estate to largely become financially independent. As they approached the Palace they headed through farms that were growing rape seed ready to be turned into biofuel, further up the hill were vineyards growing grapes for the families wine and in the woods close to the Palace wild game was being encouraged to provide meat for the events at the Palace but also to help support the luxury food company the family had established. The Palace from the outside looked like it needed some sprucing up with some of the paint on the wood needing a touch up. Kārlis liked the place though and he hoped his guests did too. With it now being a rather decent spring morning the King had arranged for brunch, a light meal of various small dishes of potato cakes, cheeses and cured meats to be served on one of the towers that overlooked the farmland below them.

The King had invited the others from the royal family, Crown Prince Kārlis, his sons Prince Oļegs and Prince Motiejus and his grand=daughter Lady Viktoras. They made up the senior royals with Lady Vikoras infact being the equivalent of the Royal Matron, a position similar to that of a Queen in terms of being the most senior female royal. The group settled down now the First Minister had left them to their royal visit and the cionverseration could begin in ernest. "Now my son says you had some ideas for our two crowns becoming firm friends. Would you care to share those with us?"

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Re: SUN Side Chat - Drenovia and Chistopol
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2021, 12:49:33 PM »
The fact that the Chistopol royals home was tucked out of the way was a further insult to the royal heritage and standing. Đurađ felt sorry for the family, they had lead their nation to freedom and shed their blood in doing so and yet now this Laine guy was making them look weaklings. Some of the Palace needed obvious care which lead him to the conclusion that they either had little money, little say over the place or a combination of the two. He did though like the idea of the land being worked and the closeness of the woods. That appealed to his youngest wife, Jožica, who would disappear for hours at a time into the woodland, often reammerging with a basket of wild food that she would prepare herself in their own Palace kitchens. Now before beginning to eat the Queen said some short prayers while holding her husbands hand.

"I believe that the human world needs to take a leaf from nature. In nature things work so well. Take for example the Bee, the most magnificent creature on Mundus. It arranges itself into social groups, each person knowing their place and their role. It has a Queen guiding its every move and ensuring everyone has what they need. There is no time in the swarm for discussion, for debate, for questions, there is only time for action and through action they find success. Look what happens when we permit these institutions to fall. If we remove the Queen the hive becomes disjointed, chaotic and for three days it stands on a knife edge until, hopefully, a new Queen emerges. Nature needs a strong leader able to take the measures needed to ensure the strength of everyone.  To use Laine is making your hive weak. We need to show that you have the strength and the power to lead Chistopol. To do this we need to tie you to other strong leaders, people like myself, like Aosta, Lijiang, the list of strong monarchies goes on and on. We need to ensure that it is you that makes these connections not Laine. As such I would like to suggest an actual physical tying of our royal families. This will raise your prestige and our people see a strong family come into our hive if you will. There are several options. The first option is that we have my nine year old son Prince Karlo, marry a similar aged member of your family. We also have Prince Hrvoje who is four however we believe that he is perhaps better suited for a life in the service of religion." The King and his Queen shared a glance and for the first time the Queen's icey expression changed to one that looked a little sad, Hrvoje had a deformed spine and was in the view of Đurađ something he and his wife argued about. Đurađ was certain it was a curse because his lust for  Jožica had seen him persuade her to break a marriage contract while  Jožica was more confident that the deformation was there because the boy would become a great royal and show the people that no matter what weakness they are born with they could raise to greatness. It was the one matter of disharmony in their family. "We could also of course look at a marriage between myself and Lady Viktoras. She would become a Queen in her own right rather than a Royal Matron." She was a pretty enough woman and had royal blood making her a useful addition. "I know this may be a surprising first move but I believe if we're doing something we should do something big."