July 6, 2017

News: Life Under the Republic

  1. The Village Tree
    1. Country Life Under the Republic
    2. Verdict in King's Trial Unexpectedly Delayed
    3. Summer Harvests Are Excellent

A hermit in prayer

The Village Tree

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Country Life Under the Republic

Life in the countryside is adapting to the new conditions. As a practical matter–and our rural citizens are often very practical–food preservation remains a major concern, but life goes on under the Republic, with a few adjustments. All pitch in. With the nobility absent, the duty of officiating at the seasonal feasts has devolved on the Grange and the local priests. Even the guards from the capital have been recruited to pick the ripe fruits on occasion.

The monarchy still has supporters in the provinces, and the king is praised for standing up against the worst of the lords of the land. News from the king's trial is greeted eagerly. Many in the provinces speak of a bloody retribution if the king is executed, but so far that is just talk. More practical assistance is provided by those monarchist supporters who have traveled to the capital to provide food and support to the citizens who have been standing vigil outside the king's prison, dressed in white.

Verdict in King's Trial Unexpectedly Delayed

Due to the extremely narrow margins in the debate, the expected verdict for the king's trial (and possible execution) has not yet been voted on. While the results are expected before this month is over, the National Assembly is conducting a careful review of the evidence in the case.

Many groups are using the delay to push their rhetoric about the trial and it's potential outcomes. The representatives of the Holy Seat insist that for the trial to have the blessing of the Doctrine Universal, there must at the very least be an Executor in attendance. Other demonstrate in the streets, waving ribbons with the colors of Princess Marguerite.

Summer Harvests Are Excellent

The summer harvests have exceeded even the optimistic expectations! Now the problem of preserving enough of it to benefit is no longer a mere academic question but one of immediate practicality. There is a shortage of hands to do all that needs doing, and the traditional methods of storing the fruit harvest are inadequate in the face of this bounty. If some way of addressing this problem is found, the Republic's food supply will be in a very good position. But we fear the result if this bounty is lost and a future famine strikes.

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