by Max Barry

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Region: The East Pacific

"Ten thousand of our boys and gals are stuck in Osterreich und Ungarn and have cut off communication from us." Says the Minister of Defense, wiping his brow on his arm. "They should've jurry-rigged communications by now, but I'm guessing they've been fending off raids."

Zoyral frowns and wipes his hands on his pants. "What's stopping them from coming home?" The Minister of Defense shrugs slightly and shakes his head.

"My guess? They wish to discreetly force us to send troops there and form a government there of some sort, or at least send some aid." The Minister of Economics raises her eyebrows.

"Really? I'm surprised that they're actually doing that. Wouldn-"

"The Commander over there probably ordered them not too." Betty purses her lips and nods. She looks slightly pissed off.

"Thanks for cutting in sir. That still doesn't make much sense." The Minister of Defense rolls his eyes- to Betty's astonishment. Betty looks at him angrily, before looking back at Zoyral. "Still, what should we do?" Zoyral leans back into his chair and closes his eyes. For a moment, his mind flashes through all the facts he knows, before opening his mouth.

"How many people are living in the first stage distribution occupation zone?" The Director of Zukchivan Intellegence Office snaps open his eyes: he was sleeping throughout the first half of the meeting. "Huh- what?" He asks sheepishly. Zoyral nods at the Director. "Make sure to take more rest, Alex." Zoyral then nods at the map infront of them.

"How many people are living in that area?" Alex seals his lips and leans over the map; his eyes dancing over the paper. Leaning back, he nods to himself before looking at Zoyral. "200 million people there, about." Zoyral nods and sighs.

"Then we shall send one million soldiers there to take control of the region."

For a moment, pin drop silence is heard. If a person was to walk in, all they would hear would be the breathing of some of the most powerful people of Zukchiva. Then, the Defense Minister makes a choking sound and breaks the wall of silence.

"Ka-ack, WHAT!? HALF OUR ARMY! WHAT ARE YOU DO-"

"OUTRAGEOUS ZOYRAL, WHAT THE HELL!"

"Our President has gone insane..."

"BULLSH*Z, BULLSH*Z, I TELL YOU!"

Zoyral waits patiently as their anger belts out of their mouths at the speed of trains. Eventually, the cabinet calms down and Zoyral presses on.

"There are three main reasons to do this." Zoyral begins, looking each Minister in the eye. "The first is to get our boys back home." The Minister of Defense nods heavily. "Second, we must give the people of Osterreich und Ungarn some law and order under democracy. While brave men and women are trying to restore order, stores are being robbed. People are being murdered. Infrastructure is being destroyed in short-term rage. Terrorism reigns. By the time law and order is restored, they'll have way less of the governmental infrastructure than they would if Zukchiva arrives and helps them to protect some of it."

He looks into each of the Ministers' eyes again, not speaking to let his point sink in. After hearing no objections, he continues. "The third reason, is that we must gain more soldiers, more military, a better union. On all fonts, we are surrounded be enemies. If we could take this territory and turn it into a state, that problem is slightly alleviated from our shoulders." He sighs and takes a deep breath. "This is why I proposed to make New Zukchiva a state not too long ago, and to give the states more autonomy. 1 We need the Union to be true and secure more than ever. This would help us, and help them."

The other Ministers nod, but Alex shakes his head slightly. "What if they wish to get their land back? What if they decide to form their own nation?" Zoyral nods at Alex. "They would have 50 years to decide what they want to do. They can accept any offer to join anyone else. If they refuse, we will do our utmost to protect them. If they accept the offer, they will be given to the other nation, and Zukchiva will watch to make sure the agreement is kept." He smiles slightly. "If they wish, they can vote to join the Union permanently and never leave. They can also vote to leave Zukchiva's protection at any point. It's their choice completely."

Betty smiles in approval but then drops her smile as a thought comes to her. She looks at Zoyral pointedly. "What if Kampf or that Commonwealth try to take it from us?" Zoyral taps his finger against the table. "If the people vote for joining that Commonwealth, they will join it. If not, we will not allow Kampf to take the land. If Kampf wishes to cement their position as a horrible nation, then they are free to try and take it from our protection and defense."

The Minister of Defense nods, oddly silent. "What shall we name this new state?"

Zoyral sighs. "It shall be named Ungarn der Ehre, Hungary's Honor. We shall remember Osterriech und Ungarn, for they were a great nation with many faults and many dreams." He nods to himself.

"May the Honour Party rest in peace."

1Due to this roleplay being concoted literally in the shower, Zoyral shall have asked the House of Representatives to accept New Zukchiva as a state and to give states their own larger governments (akin to US states, rahter than the 6 person gov. they have rn) about one and a half weeks ago. New Zukchiva is currently holding a referendum, and the amendment to the Constitution is currently being voted on by the states. Just not roleplayed though. ;)

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