01 May 2007

Stollen's Irwin Amadeus II Makes Second Diplomatic Faux Pas

News Release:

Krankenstadt Palace -- Krankenstadt, The Grand Duchy of Stollen

Today, Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II made another in a growing line of diplomatic blunders that place The Grand Duchy of Stollen in a precarious position among the other marginal and erroneous states around mid-eighteenth century Europe. In an exchange with a new acquaintance, regarding the recruitment and training of soldiers in the Bishopric of Uber Gruntshuffen, Irwin-Amadeus mistakenly attributed the relationship between the Duchy of Alzheim and Australia to the former and New Zealand. An egregious error if ever there were one.

The magnitude of our Grand Duke’s gaff is exacerbated by the fact that he and The Grand Duchess Sonja have a very close friend who hails from Australia! One could almost observe Irwin-Amadeus shriveling up as he apologized and took leave of the conversation.

How does our Grand Duke’s most recent poor conduct affect Stollen’s standing in the eyes of its immediate neighbors? Only time will tell. But, in view of the rumblings of war in the region, the recruitment of extra forces by neighboring countries, and various fevered diplomatic exchanges between the governments of those same territories, the picture for Stollen does not look good. Perhaps the handlers of Irwin-Amadeus II should mind their ruler more closely when he is loose in public. In any case, stay abreast of continuing developments right here with the Krankenstadt Tageblat.

-- Katrina-Bettina von Heffelfinger

3 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Perhaps with the return of the King to New Zealand, they have conquered Australia? If so, Irwin Amadeus II would be correct.

Of course, if such a conquest has not taken place then the Grand Duke would indeed have made a serious faux pas.

Rumors that the Duchy of Alzheim is mobilizing its armies have yet to be confirmed . . . but rumors persist.


-- Jeff

Bluebear Jeff said...

Stokes,

For the "Big Game" you are going to take a small mixed brigade to, have you considered painting Irwin Amadeus II's personal standard with a lobster?

This might be fun . . . and would perhaps turn his faux pas into a sort of "thumb your nose" triumph.

Anyway, as I'm about to dismantle my computer for a while (see my blog), I'm not sure how soon I'll again be able to look in on the wonderfully entertaining news of the Grand Duchy . . . but I'll catch up when I'm back online.

Give my best to the Grand Duchess.


-- Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hey there Jeff,

I like that idea! I'll have to do something between now and then to supply good ol' Irwin-AMadeus with a personal standard like you suggest. Thanks!

Best Regards,

Stokes

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