Things have quieted considerably since the uproar over perceived attempts by Paulovia to intimidate both Anthelia and Gotzborg last month through the mobilization of its main army. The events of October ultimately resulted in the passage of the Paulovia Condemnation Act by the Gotzborg Chamber of Deputies mid-month.
That Act remains in force today, with the failure of a Royal Government amendment to introduce a sunset clause at the beginning of November. Faced with an indefinite timeframe for its compliance with the Act, the Royal Paulovian Government has issued a statement of regret in order to work towards satisfying the Gotzborg parliament in hopes of normalizing relations once again.
Delivered to the Gotzborg Foreign Office last night, the Declaration of Regret was drafted by Paulovia’s chief ambassador, Philip James. In the declaration, Paulovia states its “unreserved regret over the diplomatic crises,” accepting that, while it did not have any plans or intentions of military action, its partial mobilization “gave this impression.” Further to this, Paulovia has stated that it will provide only the minimum level of military units in the Oros Protectorate for the purposes of regional security only. Both of these moves seek to satisfy two outstanding clauses that must be met for the Condemnation of Paulovia Act to be repealed; however, the Act seeks an unreserved apology, not just unreserved regret, from the Paulovian government for its attempted interference in ongoing annexation discussions between Anthelia and Gotzborg.
Within Paulovia itself, fallout from the incident continues to place prominently in national circles. Philip James, Deputy First Minister and Minister of Defence at the time of the crisis, has since resigned from the former position. Prince Paul, the King of Greater Paulovia, yesterday requested that James submit his resignation as Minister of Defence, noting that the resignation is required “at the least”. This will effectively end James’ membership in the higher circles of the Royal Paulovian Government; though he will remain the nation’s chief ambassador at this time.
The resignation as minister has since been submitted by James, though he still awaits an appearance before the nation’s Supreme Court, where he has been charged with “unconstitutional behaviour and actions detrimental to national security and international relations as Minister of Defence.” His order to mobilize the Paulovian First Army allegedly violates an article of the Paulovian constitution which forbids any act undertaken “to prepare for war or to otherwise disturb the peaceful relations between nations.”
The charge, filed by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on November 16, provoked an informal poll to be opened by Paulovian First Minister Alfonso Rossi, a supporter of James and a outspoken opponent of both Gotzborg and Anthelia, in which he seeks opinions on whether a minister violating the constitution in the performance of his duties is truly a punishable offence. As of the publication of this article, 87.5% of respondents consider violation of the constitution to be a punishable offence.
No reply to the declaration has been issued by the Royal Government or by His Royal Majesty, King August Charles, as this article goes to press.