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High King Harald

His Imperial Majesty's Address to the Empire

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Well-Beloved Citizens and Friends,

 

When We, on the occasion of Transformation Day, call to mind the Most Gracious Indulgence of the Supreme Goodness by which Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire became one of the most excellent Nations of the Micronational World; when we survey the general Prosperity of this Most Glorious Viking Nation, and look forward to the Riches, Power, and Happiness to which Stormark seems destined, We feel much satisfaction in being able to repeat Our congratulations on the favorable prospects which continue to distinguish the affairs of Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

 

No people on Hlôdyn have more cause to be thankful than the people of Stormark, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with gratitude to the Supreme Goodness who has blessed us with the conditions which have enabled us to achieve so large a measure of well-being and of happiness. We are the Heirs of the First Viking Age, and yet we have had to pay few of the penalties which in old countries are exacted by the dead hand of a bygone Civilization. We have not been obliged to fight for our existence against any alien race; and yet our life has called for the Vigor and Effort without which the manlier and hardier virtues wither away. Under such conditions it would be our own fault if we failed; and the success which we have had in the past, the success which we confidently believe the future will bring, should cause in us no feeling of vainglory, but rather a deep and abiding realization of all which life has offered us; a full acknowledgment of the responsibility which is ours; and a fixed determination to show that under a Free Government Vikings can thrive best, alike as regards the things of the body and the things of the soul.

 

Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have Duties to others and Duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither. We have become a great Nation, drawn by the fact of its Greatness into many relations with the other Nations of Hlôdyn, and we must behave as beseems a People with such responsibilities. Towards all other Nations, large and small, our attitude must be one of Cordial and Sincere Friendship. We must show not only in our Words, but in our deeds, that we are earnestly desirous of securing their Good Will by acting towards them in a spirit of just and generous recognition of all their rights. But Justice and Generosity in a Nation, as in an individual, count most when shown not by the weak but by the strong. While ever careful to refrain from wrongdoing others, we must be no less insistent that we are not wronged ourselves. We wish Peace, but we wish the Peace of Justice, the Peace of Righteousness. We wish it because we think it is right and not because we are afraid. No weak Nation that acts manfully and justly should ever have cause to fear us, and no Strong Power should ever be able to single this Most Sovereign and Noble out as a subject for insolent aggression.

 

Our relations with the other Powers of Hlôdyn are important; but still more important are our relations among ourselves. Such growth in Wealth, in Population, and in Power as this Viking Nation has seen during the four years of its National Life is inevitably accompanied by a like growth in the challenges which are ever before every Nation that rises to greatness. Power invariably means both responsibility and danger. When this Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire was founded we faced certain perils which we have outgrown. We now face other challenges, the very existence of which it was impossible that we could foresee. There is, however, no good reason why we should fear the future, but there is every reason why we should face it seriously, neither hiding from ourselves the gravity of the challenges before us nor fearing to approach these challenges with the unbending, unflinching purpose to tackle them aright and gloriously overcome them to enable us to continue the progress that Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire has made in the past years for many, many years to come.

 

Hail Stormark!! Vikings rule the waves!!

 

Harald Thorstein I the Generous Giver,

The Sovereign Viking Emperor,

Imperial Prince of Thule,

Prince of Arietta,

Prince of Gotzborg,

Prince of Lichtenbad,

Duke of Normandie,

Marquis Thorstein,

Count of Araxion,

Count of Geshencht,

Count of Wintergleam,

Baron of Einmar,

Baronet of Holmborg.

 

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