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A Speech by Senator Calvinus

This edition’s editorial is not written by me, but I feel that sharing the speech given by Senator Calvinus to the Goshen Assembly not only sums up his feelings for Goshen, but also echoes sentiments held throughout Malkuth for the Confederacy.

This speech is a great introduction to our upcoming special feature, the Symbolism of the Confederacy.  In this feature we will look not only at the crests etc that make up Malkuth, but also at the Flags of the Confederacy and its states.  We will look at what each symbolises to the people and how it influences their sense of statehood and nationalism.  But for now, here is Senator Calvinus’ moving address to the Goshen Assembly.  If you would like to listen to the Senator’s live recitation of the address, please click here.

I believe in this great and beautiful Confederacy. I have studied its roots.  I have gloried in the wisdom of the magnificent treaties binding us in union with our sister states of Adago and Byra, and I have revealed in its inimitable history. I have marveled at the wisdom of its founders and its framers.  Generations after generation of citizens have understood the lofty ideals that underlie the Republic of Goshen. I have been inspired by the story of their sacrifice and their strength.

But today, I weep for our people. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of Goshen one of a strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image we project to our neighbor states has changed. Throughout the Confederacy, our friends mistrust us; our word is disputed; our intentions are questioned.

Instead of reasoning with those with whom we disagree, we demand obedience, or threaten recrimination. Instead of isolating Byra and Adago, we seem to have succeeded in isolating ourselves. We proclaim a new doctrine of preemption which is understood by few and feared by many. We say that the Confessors have the right to supersede law and order anywhere within our borders which might be suspect in the war against the apostates. We assert that right without the sanction of a Quorum of Confederate Senators. As a result, the Confederacy has become a much more dangerous place.

Valuable alliances are split

The case that Confessor General Sathile Kynes tries to make to justify his fixation with war is tainted by charges of falsified documents and circumstantial evidence. We cannot convince the representatives of Byra and Adago of the necessity of this war for one simple reason: This is not a war of necessity, but a war of choice.

The brutality seen in the attacks on the Goshen Senate Building, and in other darkspawn attacks that have been reported throughout the Confederacy, are the violent and desperate efforts of madmen and demons to stop the daily encroachment of our republican values from having influence upon this world. That is what we fight. It is a force not confined to territorial borders. It is a shadowy entity with many faces, many names, and many addresses. It is a thing of darkness which has corrupted us from within.

War appears inevitable. But I continue to hope that the cloud will lift. Perhaps reason will somehow still prevail. I, along with millions — scores of millions — will pray, pray, pray for the safety of our legions, for the innocent civilians — women, children, babies, old and young, crippled, deformed, sick — in Malkuth, and for the security of the Republic.

May the Maker continue to bless the Confederacy of Malkuth in the troubled dark times ahead, and may we somehow recapture the vision which for the present eludes us.

From Senator Calvinius Sale’s Speech to the Goshen Assembly

This edition’s editorial is not written by me, but I feel that sharing the speech given by Senator Calvinus to the Goshen Assembly not only sums up his feelings for Goshen, but also echoes sentiments held throughout Malkuth for the Confederacy.

This speech is an introduction to our upcoming special feature which we will run over several editions of the Dark Times Chronicle, the Symbolism of the Confederacy.  In this feature we will look not only at the crests etc that make up Malkuth, but also at the Flags of the Confederacy and its states.  We will look at what each symbolises to the people and how it influences their sense of statehood and nationalism.  But for now, here is Senator Calvinus’ moving address to the Goshen Assembly.

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