The Aurorean president's speech
July 08, 2022
President Bartolomeu Barth:
Brothers and sisters of the free Aurorean Republic, today, it is with great sadness that I bring you a piece of sad and most distressing news. The Harbi across the border has mercilessly slaughtered our brave soldiers in the front. For what reasons do they do this? I do not know.
But I fear this plan has been a long time in the making.
For weeks, we have been suffering under the torture of a drought created by the Scalvians across the borders. A problem that has taken the lives and livelihood of innocent Auroreans who had only wished to live in peace – An issue that has become intolerable for us.
Our livelihoods are under threat. Our families are in danger. By these foreigners' hands, we have suffered every kind of ill-treatment in the most distressing manner. More than 1,000,000 people of Aurorean blood in 1907-2022 have had to pay the price in blood, and for what? The possibility of appeasing these cold-blooded, god-denouncing infidels that only live to disturb us?
I came to power by a just and legal democratic election. As always, I attempted to bring about an alteration for this intolerable madness by the peaceful method of making proposals for peace and harmony. It is a lie when the outside world says we had only tried to carry through with our revisions by pressure and force. For twenty-one years, on my initiative, I attempted to carry out these revisions for peaceful settlements and understandings. I have not once but several times made proposals for peace and harmony in my ambition. But all these proposals, as you know, have been rejected. You, the people of the Aurorea, know of my struggles. Of my endless attempts for a peaceful clarification and understanding of the problems, we have with our neighbours. And you know now that it has been all in vain.
It is impossible to demand that an impossible position should be cleared up by peaceful revision of the status quo. It is also impossible to say that the one who undertakes these peaceful clarifications be held responsible for the current situation. Only one problem stood in the way of peace and harmony: the Scalvian and Volshan menace. These scavengers shadow our every step and seek only our complete and utter destruction. Like a vulture to carrion, they seek to kill us all in our moment of weakness.
And today came that decisive blow.
Since 4 A.M., we have been under fire from the Scalvians and Volshanese regular soldiers, with bombs and poison gas filling the entire front. Scalvian and Volshan regular soldiers have fired into our territory for the first time in thirty years. These dogs have directed their attacks against the brave men and women of the Aurorea. Moreover, Scalvia has shot down our brave pilot in the skies patrolling our border for what seems to be an intolerable incursion into our sovereignty. The Volshans have, no doubt in my mind, cooperated with the Scalvs and attacked us from the south. Any attempt made by our diplomats to seek the clarification behind their intent has been met with stony silence.
Brothers and sisters of the free Aurorean Republic, I am distressed. When these statesmen in the west and south would only seek violence and death upon us, I can only regret such a decision. It has, for a moment, made me hesitant to fulfil my duty. I could only ask myself, what more is wanted? What more do we have to sacrifice so that we can sate these devils from the gates of hell? I have solemnly and repeatedly assured our neighbours of our peaceful intent. I have constantly offered friendship and the closest and utmost cooperation to Scalvia, the Volshans, and the Union of Aurorian States. All this has been provided one-sidedly from us, but no longer!
My brothers and sisters of the Aurorea, if the Aurorean Government and its people were to endure such treatment any longer, the Aurorea would disappear from the world stage. I was determined to resolve the status quo through peaceful dialogue, but in the face of such grim and provocative acts, I can do so no longer. Whoever so departs from the rules of a civilised nation shall only be met with the same destructive force they so relish in. If the Auroria will not have us, then we shall have all the Auroria!
I hereby declare that we are now in open conflict with these infidels from beyond our borders. War is upon us, and we will continue this struggle, no matter against who, until the safety of the Aurorean people and their rights are secured. This war is no mere secular conflict amongst mortals but a conflict of faith and our very existence. Our Chief Rishama has reassured me that our cause is just as it is sacred. The fallen shall join our heroes in heaven, and they can rest assured that any worldly sentiment would be well taken care of by their Aurorean brethren.
I ask of no Aurorean men and women to do more than I myself did and am ready to do at any time again. There will be no hardship for the Aurorean people to which I myself will not submit. My whole life has been dedicated to the upbringing and livelihoods of my fellow Auroreans, and I will do whatever is necessary to protect them from harm! I am, from now on, a proud Aurorean soldier. I have once more put on the military vest that has covered me throughout my time as a military doctor of our army, and I shall not take it off again until victory is secured or if I die with a gun in hand.
As an Aqdas first, a Hessaist second, and finally, a proud Aurorean soldier, I vow to enter upon this struggle with a stout and willing heart. If, however, anyone thinks that we are facing a hard time, I should ask him to remember that once, an Aurorean King, with a tiny city-state, conquered the Zaniahs and, in ten wars, finally came out triumphant as the first King of the Auroreas. It is because the King and his people had that stout heart that we need in these times. I would, therefore, like to assure all the people of my beloved Aurorea that we will never repeat the result of the War of 1879 in Aurorean history. Just as I am ready at any time to stake my life - anyone can take it for my people and the Aurorea - so I ask the same of all others. Nothing will break the Aurorean spirit, nothing shall shake our faith, and nothing will destroy the will of our people!
Like our forefathers before, we shall chant these words in our moment of distraught and our moment of triumph:
אורוריה מיועדת לאורוריאנים!
(Auroria is for the Auroreans!)