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Gert Geens

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  1. Mr. Brunnketilsson, I'm afraid that my life is too much interwoven with the Republic of Flanders to move to another country. In that case it would be too tempting to check up on and meddle with Flanders all the time, while it's exactly the point for me to create some distance.
  2. Your Majesty, Your Highnesses After reading your reaction on my announcement concerning my departure from the Republic of Flanders, I thought it appropriate to convey my thank you in person for your friendly words. I cannot exclude the possibility that I will once return, but for now I need to distance myself from the Republic if there ever has to be a chance of me regaining interest in Flemish politics. As Always, I wish the High Kingdom the best of luck in the future.
  3. The President of the Federal Republic of Flanders arrivés on the Island, greeting a few people he knows from his days as Flemish ambassador to Stormark. "Your Royal Highness, I don't believe we have met before. It's very nice to make your acquaintance, especially on such a joyous occasion."
  4. the Rubens Hall

    Upon being notified of the King's arrival, the ambassador asks for a new glass of abbey beer and moves to a central location in the hall. Slowly the noise of those present diminishes. Your Imperial Majesty, Your Highnesses, Excellencies Almost I had addressed all of you with "dearly beloved", as that is how I have come to see the Storish people this past year. I welcome all of you this evening. This past year I've had the pleasure of serving my people here in Stormark, fostering a relationship that has remained steady, friendly and ironclad strong in a time Flanders could use the support of its friends on more than one occasion. I can assure you we won't forget who were our friends in times of need. It wasn't just a pleasure to me because of the repeated signs and proofs of friendship offered by the Storish government. On top of that I've come to know the Storish people as not just brave and heroic, as could be supposed due to their Viking heritage, but also as a warm and generous nation. A special thank you in this regard should be given to Roskapolje, who were so kind to pay for half this building we are currently gathered in. I'm sure you'll understand that I find it rather hard to leave all this behind me. But I'm equally sure you will understand how strongly duty can call upon a man. And thus we are gathered here now to say goodbye, as my government has requested me to take up a new assignment. This weekend I will fly back to my home country, to rest for a week, after which I will travel to my new station in Jingdao, to offer my services to the Heavenly Light as ambassador of Flanders. As there hasn't been made a decision yet regarding my succession here in the Viking Realm, our president, Mr. Van Horenbeeck, will take care of the Storish-Flemish relationshiop personally. As for me, though I will have to leave the official ambassadorship in Stormark to someone else,I will probably always remain the ambassador to this great nation in my heart. Thank you, and cheers!
  5. the Rubens Hall

    That's because my first consul is making a fool of himself and thereby not honoring his representative function on behalf of his fatherland.
  6. the Rubens Hall

    The first consul of the embassy walks into a door and spills his glas of champagne all over him, as he couldn't keep his eyes of the Lady Unna.
  7. The Rubens Hall is the main hall of the Rubens House, where the Flemish embassy is located. This is where official functions are held, among which the reception of today. Embassy staff and extra hired personnel is guiding the first arrivals to the hall, where they are offered a glas of champagne, honey mede (to honour the Storish Viking tradition) or abbey beer (to honour the Flemish traditions).
  8. A spokesperson of the embassy states that he doesn't have a lot of information yet, but he can confirm the ambassador will most likely clarify some things in the speech he will give on the reception. He expects the concerned branches of the Storish government will probably be notified in advance.
  9. The embassy of the Federal Republic of Flanders has the honour of inviting you all to a reception on Wednesday, March 26, on the occasion of the departure of the Flemish ambassador from Stormark.
  10. Happy Raid and Pillage Day!

    The nation of Flanders hopes all Storish citizens had the best Raid and Pillage Day of their live. (I wasn't able to wish it yesterday, due to a very long macro-day)
  11. info: new constitution

    He's still impostering. But he has lost some momentum, with the other opposition indicating that their support for his "presidency" was more about opposition than about a serious believe the presidential elections were rigged. Currently he has decided to focus on the administration of Ambetanterijk, one of the five regions, in order to attack "the regime" from within.
  12. A few days ago, the Flemish people decided by referendum to adopt a new constitution. Basically it introduces a federal government for the Republic of Flanders, overseeing five autonomous regions, which are currently starting to constitute themselves. On the federal level, the most important changes are the introduction of a second chamber to parliament (the Statenkamer), in which the regions are represented (basically the task the American Senate has, but with less powers), and the election of the president, which will from now on be parliamentary instead of popular.
  13. It's very quiet, but that also means the trouble with the presidential elections seems to be over. For me personally, the accusations are however playing their role in the reduced activity, but I can't speak for everyone. The absence of the president, longer than anticipated, also has something to do with this. Right now, I'm trieing to keep the government alive and steering some needed reforms. It will probably take some time before our Republic will turn it's attention to the outside world again, but we'll get there. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. And we sure as hell aren't dead!
  14. Foreign Legations Act of Year 12

    Though I'm technically not part of an involved party here, I would like to inform you that the two governments of Batavia are in a process of unification. As such you may find it convenient to wait with archiving the embassy of the Kingdom of Batavia. This of course serves only as an FYI, as I don't intend to meddle in internal Storish affairs, nor in the relationship between Stormark and Batavia.
  15. Your Highness Our confidence in the support from the High Realm was such that I didn't even consider it necessary to include a request for a statement of the kind. However, it's always nice, of course, to have a positive relationship confirmed.
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