Article published at the behest of Lord William Archibald, Minister of History and Culture, and does not represent the views of the Rešuešn Times.
December 30, 2015--It is a fact, although, perhaps, not well known among those who are not familiar with Harikene culture, that most Harikenes feel very wary of and are extremely un-fond of aristocracy. This is, most historians agree, due to the unpopularity of the Initohsine Empire during the time period leading up to the founding of the Republic. The distaste for anyone of noble-blood has remained.
This "aristophobia," as I like to call it, parades itself as a love for democracy. Democracy is all well and good. But the aristophobia of the over-zealous Harikenes threatens the all-important relationship of our nations. Now, I, of course, am not the Foreign Minister. Unfortunately, as all Rešuecian readers will know, that post is empty, and so I can not necessarily speak for the nation. However, when I recently visited Hariko, I felt extremely uncomfortable in the country. Although everyone was polite and friendly, I knew about their opinions, and imagined them suddenly pulling out a guillotine, Ó la franšaise. Obviously, these kind of doubts would influence the friendship between our nations, and even perhaps the alliance we have joined with Hariko and other nations, the Teikei.
Why this sudden interest in our allies' lack of nobility? An interesting discovery has prompted this. While listening to our allies' international communication (further details may be released later) the following document was intercepted:
Thanks. So this problem I have is between my family, and the implications could be really big. So you know Harikene history, and how it used to be ruled over by the Empire of Initohsi, which was succeeded by the Republic. Well my problem is that there's a vocal group of monarchists who would like to restore the throne and make Hariko a constitutional monarchy. What has stopped them is that the documents for the transfer of the crown disappeared in the Revolution back in 1863. Nobody knows who would succeed Empress Tekyutte, because she was very private about her family during her reign.
Unfortunately, I know who has those documents. It's my cousin, Har˙njeo Jjekob. The Har˙njeo family has been keeping them in safe keeping since the revolution. Jjekob inherited the documents from his parents, who in turn got it from my grandmother, and so on. The real problem is that Jjekob is also a royalist and he has a cunning way of advancing his agenda.
You see, my family got the documents because, well, my family was next in line for the throne. My great-great-grandfather married into the TulŘmqi Dynasty back in the 1840s. Because he was the father, the TulŘmqi family name changed from TulŘmqi to Har˙njeo. My great-great-grandmother was the Empress of Initohsi at the time of its fall. Currently, if the crown were to be reinstated, I'd be king.
However, reinstating the crown would be political suicide. I still hold the office of Prime Minister, king or not. The Harikenes weren't exactly fond of the TulŘmqi Dynasty, and I'd be put in the position of either abdicating or resigning the office of Prime Minister. If I abdicated, based on the inheritance papers, Jjekob would become king. He would then be in a position to concentrate power in his hands. If I resigned office, Sobehido would become Prime Minister, and that would be a bad idea. He's only 26 after all and already a top ranking official. I don't think he's ready for running a nation that young. Plus, Jjekob would manipulate him. On the other hands, if I decided to not reinstate the crown, Jjekob would reveal that I'm the heir to the crown, and I'd be in the same position.
I don't know what to do with him. He's willing to put the nation into chaos to get his way. A power struggle between Parliament and the royal family would divide the country and make everything go pear shaped. I can't try Jjekob for treason because then the papers would be revealed. And I definitely can't make him disappear because that would be illegal and immoral on so many levels and it would destroy my credibility whether people found out why or not.
I was hoping you had some advice in this situation. I've been fretting over it so much that it would help to have a second opinion on this. I'm really sorry for asking this of you. And I also beg of you to keep this between us.
I will venture to give the correct interpretation of this document. First, it brings up interesting questions about the transparency of the Harikene government, especially the position of Prime Minister. Mr. Kodei has made an interesting decision to put more trust in the Sealandian president privately than in his own cabinet, family, or government. He has also not officially made this information public to his allies: not Little Sealand, definitely not Rešuen, and one assumes not United RussoAsia, Hariko's closest ally (with the possible exception of Little Sealand). Besides this decision making, the document purports to explain the wherabouts of the royal family in Hariko, and perhaps even Mr. Kodei's propensity for leadership. It raises questions, however, about why Harikenes remain so opposed to their nobility--a paradox, if they elect the same people who would hold power hereditarily. One would think in any case that after such a period of time, patriotism would bring back a love for national aristocracy. The document would make one wonder why this is not the case.
What is missing from the document is Mr. Potato's response: one wonders what his reaction would be. Also absent is the decision Mr. Kodei is feeling most likely to take. He asks for advice and says he does not know what to do, but a man decisive enough to become Prime Minister must have at least a leaning one way or the other.
The Rešuecian response, in my opinion, will have more to do with what line the Harikene government takes than with this revelation. The situation has not actually changed... yet. We should never underestimate the power of raw information to cause change. We can hope though that any change in Rešuešn will only be towards closer ties with, perhaps, a more aristocratic Hariko.
The Harikene response will be more delicate. Mr. Kodei is clearly in a difficult situation. However, I believe the correct choice is clear: to reinstate the monarchy and accept both positions of King and Prime Minister. Hopefully with this decision, the people of Hariko will come to love nobility just as much as the loyal population of Rešuešn.
Episode II: In the Land of a Thousand Rivers
Episode III: Voice of Visus
Episode IV: Kode´'s Letter
Episode V: In the Gateway to the Thousand Rivers