Following the counter-coup in Attera, the ownership of the Duchy of Kloss, a territory within the loose federation known as Upper Cranda, has come into question. The territory had previously been granted to Empress Jihan of Attera, however due to Upper Crandish rules of inheritance and law, the counter-coup in Attera has caused an unexpected void to own in the ownership of the land. This void has been exploited by one Orion Ilios, Arch-Duke of Lac Glacei, by his laying claim to Kloss and also Upper Loreley, which had previously been under now Emperor Diga Makonnen’s (Mik’el Tzion) direct control. Diga meanwhile has laid his own claim to both territories, based on his status as Emperor of Attera. However, as explained by Upper Cranda’s prince and head of state, Johanns fonn Klosso, also former Atteran Prime Minister and Co-Regent, things are not so simple:
“The problem… lies in the lack of continuity between Jihan and Diga in this issue. Presumably, as someone besides Diga was recognized as Sovereign by the council, and she has never issued a statement abdicating, but her government has been extinguished, the territory has now reverted back to the direct control of the council.
Diga has laid claim to the territory based on the fact that he is Jihan’s father. Orion Ilios has laid claim to it for geopolitical reasons, along with the territory of northern Lorelei, which is directly owned by Diga, and is outside this council’s jurisdiction. The main aim seems to be to remove the Atteran enclave on Lac Glacei’s borders.
Based on the laws of inheritance, Diga has the stronger claim. But as the council recognizes Sovereigns and not bloodlines in ownership, and since it did not formerly recognize Diga as Sovereign, a problem arises. Therefore, they both have an equal claim on this basis. Therefore I have convened this vote, which also frees me from charges of bias and making a decision on the matter.”
This has resulted in a vote of the members of Upper Cranda’s Diet, or Riikstai, concerning which of the claimants should be awarded the fief. At current, Ilios seems to have secured the Duchy, with three of the five Members of the Diet eligible to hold the vote having cast in his favor. Based on the laws of the Crandish Diet, Diga will be forced to abandon claim to the territory. A more tricky state of affairs arises in the matter of Loreley, which was directly under Diga’s ownership, and outside any other body’s jurisdiction. It seems unlikely he will abandon his claims there, and will perhaps expand them to include south Loreley (or Lorelei) as well. The issue will probably remain in the air for months to come, as it has since the territory was first annexed by Transattera when Arminy briefly became a part of Shireroth.
On a side note, Benjamin Farzan, former co-regent, has sabotaged an image used by Diga Makonnen on his newsblog, the Red Shield III, which apparently was hosted on Farzan’s nation’s website. As of time of printing, Diga Makonnen is not yet aware of the prank.