TOP STORY: Israeli - African Relations Reach a Fevered Pitch!
Jerusalem, Israel - Reports today show that a war may be brewing just south of the Nile delta. "Early reports indicate that the Zulu threatened an Israelite settlement in the Nile Delta, asking for money as well as technology for the safety and lives of the Hebrew settlers. We began to discuss the matter with both Israel and the Mali King Mansa Musa in order to iron out some sort of peace process in Africa, but a deal was struck between Israel and the Mali" reported Venetian Secretary of Commerce Giancarlo Agrippina. That deal was very much in favor of the African standpoint. According to early leaks from Israeli sources, the Israelites promised not to extend their settlements in Africa past their initial city at the head of the Nile, it made it quite clear that territory claimed by either Mali or the Zulu were off-limits. "It is quite evident that neither African state wishes for Israel to extend their culture to that continent, the part that strikes me as odd is the propensity of the [Mali and Zulus] to make such outrageous land claims, huge amounts of territory have been claimed thousands of miles from official borders in Africa. This is a troubling fact, one that clearly states that the African nations are quite aggressive and expansionistic" commented Dutch Regent William Van Der Loon. At this point in time, Doge Carlo D'Medici has given hints that an expeditionary force may be sent into the theatre to "asses the situation."
Adriatic Pact signed in Venice.
Venice - The Lords and Regents of the six independant duchies signed an agreement today, lineating a very strong alliance which will hence be known as the Adriatic League. The founding states of Venice, the United Netherlands, the Kingdom of Romania, the Kingdom of Bosporus, the Duchy of Donua and the Province of Orenburg have agreed to full military, economic and legal cooperation forever. "I am quite proud of my father's accomplishment" commented reknowned Wine Merchant Lorenzo D'Medici and Duke of Trieste "This has cemented peace throughout the European continent." However not everyone is keen on the new arrangment, particularly Duke of Padova and well known Commerical buisnessman Nicolo Machiavelli "I have been working for the Regency in numerous capacities here in Venice for years, I am not sure that our viewpoints will agree with those of Bucharesti, let alone far off Donua and Orenburg. I think that more than peace was at work here." Despite these comments, the treaty went through without a hitch. Doge Carlo D'Medici of Venice was named King of the League.
Construction of Monument Commissioned in Venice.
Venice - In honor of Doge Carlo D'Medici for creating the Adriatic League, a giant statue in his honor has been commissioned to be built in the port of Venice. "It will be a testament to his family, and to this very strong alliance he has formed" commented Romanian sculptor and bronze worker Alexandru Denes, "It will stand for centuries as a beacon of prosperity." The statue was commissioned by head Regent Victor Emmanual of Genova.
Burst in Taxes allow more money to Scientific Research.
Bucharesti - By far the most productive city as far as scientific research goes, Bucharest has recieved a boost in science funding, as have all other cities in the Adriatic League "I am quite pleased" said Atilla Frunze, a Romanian Alchemist "My research has recieved 20% more funding than we had previously, this should help the entire League to develop new and better methods of living in general." The science increase occured after the House of Regents discussed tax intakes, and decided to lower money that would be spent on civil and military effects and increase funds towards scientific research. "The decision did not come lightly" stated Doge Carlo D'Medici "But we did come to an agreement, a consensus that if we are to become a powerful nation, and a powerful Federation of Duchies, we must be innovative in the areas of the science.
Dimbleby the Wise of Israel to Propose African Peace Summit.
Tel Aviv, Israel - Word has been leaked from the Israeli settlement of Tel Aviv in Eastern Turkey as to a Summit Proposal which will include all of the African States. "I am quite pleased with the decision, if in fact these reports have any truth to them" said Doge Carlo D'Medici, "I look forward to hearing what may come of such talks, as it is an important matter to the various states of the League." At this point in time no confirmation from Dimbleby could be extracted, however Israeli officials did give hints that it may occur, there will be more information as it comes available...
Land Deals Cement D'Medici's Place in History.
Karakorum, Mongolia - The name of Medici will be known throughout history, as the first leader of the Adriatic League has made two major land pacts with the nations of Mongolia and Israel. The pacts are very condusive to Adriatic peace. "Basically what we have done is acquired a large amount of territory, as per our agreements with the governments of Israel and Mongolia respectively" commented Duke Garibaldi, Secretary of the Interior "In a general sense, we have secured all of Europe, lands north of the Khazak deserts as well as some territory within and west of the Khazak deserts, with this land peacefully acquired we have established not only a garauntee of open and free land for our people, but peaceful setlements, unlike those that are being established and debated in Africa." There are many opponents to these agreements, especially Nicolo Machiavelli, as well as Duke William of Orange-Nassau who is a Regent in the United Netherlands. Orange said "This is quite possibly the most direct assault on the form of Federation we have, we are allowing neutral and free states entrance, now we are consolidating Empire, that is not the manner of this government, we will create states that are not of their own will but of our own political ambition, I believe we have made a grave misstep."
You are being watched. New taxes, new documentation, new identification and loyalty oaths, new laws. The once free flowing commerce of Venice is now being funneled through the red tape of the League. This is hardly a Federated Republic of states. This is a conglomoration of Medici power accross all of Europe. The possibility of its demise has been ended, Medici has consolidated power over Europe as well as other lands in Asia. The Israelites and the Mongols have basically signed this into effect. I have no doubts that his son will be selected to Head Regency within the House of Regents. He will practice autocratic power as his father has, the Republic exists merely as an advisory body, Medici makes the final decisions. How quickly has the lethality of the Romanian King's toungue has turned from rasping Medici to praising the man. We have the freedom of speech here, as long as it does not prevent Medici from retaining his air of supremacy throughout the Federation. We are working together for our Union, but why is Medici intervening in Africa? We know nothing of African affairs, or even of Israeli affairs outside of Tel Aviv. Yet Medici finds it prudent to lambast the decisions of Mali and the Zulu with no knowledge. This is not the work of a Republican regime, this is the work of an autocrat. I urge you all to heed my warning to your various Senates, and Lords. Perhaps the only thing scarier to them than the sword of Medici is upheaval of the people.
<font size=1 face=Arial color=444444>[This message has been edited by Capo di tutti Capi (edited February 16, 2001).]</font>