Sebastien Dev, the new First Consul, began his Consularship with a rousing speech in the gardens of the Vranscia Palace. After returning from Wesloderia he stopped to speak to journalists and gave the following address.
To my fellow citizens of this Empire,This is a solemn and momentous occasion for us. This was a commonplace occurrence once upon a time in our great nation. Now, the transition of power and the restoration of democracy rings through out our country. The orderly transfer of authority and power within our government is an early sign of a vibrant and strong democracy. This makes us unique. In the eyes of many, this transition is nothing short of a miracle. Democracy is restored. The power of the people is restored.
To His Grace, the Duke of Everaux, my predecessor – I want everyone to know how much you have done to carry this tradition once more. Your gracious cooperation, and your valued advice during this process, have shown the world that we are a united people pledged to restore and maintain a political system that guarantees individual liberty and freedom to a greater degree than any other. I thank you for all of your help in maintaining this continuity and for your advice.
The business of our nation goes forward. The recovery of our country goes forward. Our nation is confronted with serious challenges that this administration intends to face. We suffer from tepid cultural and internal development, and it is sustaining a situation that cannot be tolerated. Before we look outward, we have to look within, and strengthen from within. We suffer threats from abroad that aim to tear down our Empire and our allies. We can either see this challenges as monsters, or we can see them as opportunities.
We have to act today to preserve our tomorrow. Nations around us are falling, but we will not. Let there be no misunderstanding or trepidation – we will begin to act, today.
Our ills have come upon us over a long time. They will not go away in days, weeks or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we, as Alexandrians, have the capacity now to do whatever needs to be done to preserve Alexandria.
To our neighbors and allies who share our love of freedom and liberty, we will affirm and strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutual benefits. As for our enemies, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of Alexandria. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it—now or ever. When action is required to preserve our territory and our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.