Antoran Union of Journalists
Corric Daily Post
The King Supports Dorothea
Porta Tranquíla - His Grace the King, speaking to members of the public today at the monthly Royal Siesta, responded to a question concerning the recent Alksearia crisis by expressing his support for the Alksearan Queen Dorothea, and praising the Corric government’s response so far.
King Sebastián II granted the floor to Ilsa Gloria Nuñez, 56 of Luz, in the course of the dialog. Señora Nuñez asked him:
“Your Grace, what are your thoughts on the current issues in Alksearia? The Assembly and Prime Minister and the Cabinet have all been very vocal about things and how we as a country are going to respond to it. My son showed me on the internet the other day, that the League has also made some decisions on the matter. Many of my neighbors and friends called our Representative before the Assembly vote, but, well, my family has always been more conservative about these things. Do you have any insight or advice for people like me and my family, or really any citizen who isn’t so up-to-date on the issue?”
His Grace the King took several minutes to consider his reply, appearing visibly thoughtful. This, in turn, appeared to concern Señora Nuñez, which prompted His Grace to move from his seat to remark something to her. While unrecorded by our journalists, His Grace did prompt Señora Nuñez to laugh. The King shook her hand and smiled before returning to his seat. He then responded to the question:
"Good of you to ask that, Señora. It has been quite a troubling thing, I assure all of you, within the Cabinet and Assembly. For such a thing to happen is unprecedented. I like, diplomacy. Please do not misunderstand what I am about to say, because I have met many interesting and worthy people in my time, even before I wore the crown. There are many great individuals in the world, each bringing something special to the life of those around them. These people can come from all walks of life, all perspectives and species, and of course, all religions.
That being said, the way things work in Alksearia is, to be honest with all of you, not in the least bit confusing, and as we have seen, quite dangerous. Perhaps, over the weekend, the Cabinet and my other advisors can more fully explain the nuances to me. But as it stands, today, there can be no denying that the political, social, and religious climate in that nation is volatile. Too volatile, in my view, to involve our government past the stage we are currently at. We have, on our own, issued great sweeping sanctions and embargoes against the Xaethos Church. We have, as part of the League of Novaris, declared that religious institution as a non-entity in the eyes of our government until such a time the Archbishop is no longer an issue, and moved to seize any of its assets we have jurisdiction over. But, circling back to your point, Señora, there’s really not much more we can do.
So I’d like to tell everyone here and everyone listening, or reading, of course, that the cornerstone of my belief, my faith, is love. It’s that simple. No matter what you believe in a, spiritual sense, no matter if you are Ademarist, or Deusist, or Xaethosi, and no matter what your clergy teach, it’s my view that without love and acceptance, there’s really no point in faith. Organized, state-integrated religion - eh, it’s not my view that it’s necessary. We have a lot of Deus-related tradition and ceremony here in Antora, of course, but you’re not electing priests. Religion, it’s not a guiding part of the government here. But, for some, it is, and I wholeheartedly respect that. We’ve had great relations with nations you could describe as theocracies, and that’s because their religion is respectful and caring and their leaders reflect that.
Now, in this case of what you’re asking about, for a schism of this political severity, for a self-proclaimed queen to want to declare some kind of crusade, all over the relationship of two people that really has nothing to do with her at all, this falls outside of what I think is acceptable. In my personal, individual, divorced-from-statesmanship opinion, I think that what Rhea has done is the sign of some serious mental illness, or delusion, or sort of petty revenge gone out of control. I don’t have the answers for why, because as far as I can study the scripture, the actions of the Church seem rooted in prejudice rather than actual doctrine or interpretation. At the end of the day, everyone, it seems to me that Dorothea hasn’t done anything wrong, and neither have her ambassadors. The poor girls, to go through this. Already it’s only a year since Dorothea lost her father, to go through war and loss so young…it does make me feel quite sad for the young woman. I want everyone to know that in matters personal I give her my respects and a big ‘thumbs up.’
Ah, I’ve gone over time a bit it seems. To wrap up, Señora, all I can say is that while I’m not your priest and I’m certain I don’t have the authority of one, religion without tolerance and love is useless, and risks destroying everything, as we can see in Alksearia. I’m very grateful to have such an outstanding Cabinet and Prime Minister for their work on this matter, and I appreciate the Assembly for likewise being so prompt. As we stand now, it’s a waiting game to see how things develop."
His Grace concluded his remarks by handing off the microphone to a Royal Guardsman, who then announced the number of the next member of the public allowed to speak.
This is The King’s two-hundred and forty-third Royal Siesta since he began the event in 2009 to give the public more accessibility to airing concerns to the Crown. As is tradition, each month the event is held in a different city across the country, and involved one-hundred residents of the surrounding area. Citizens can apply via essay to be selected for ninety of the positions, while the last ten are awarded via lottery. Attendees are of course screened by the Royal Corric Guard before admittance and may ask one question of The King. His Grace uses this time to get to know citizens and understand their day-to-day issues and points of view, expressing that ‘the value in different perspectives is the difference between a rich and poor monarch.’ This is the only public forum of its kind in Corric history and allows His Grace to avoid using the Royal Proclaimations when in conversation while still in an official capacity. This allows him to speak as an individual and not refer to himself using ‘We’ or ‘Us.’