The Pelograd Apostle

Ministry of Defense announces new force expansion plan

October 11, 2023
Yuri Shaposhnikov, senior military analyst

The Pelinese State Parliament passed a military spending additions bill authorizing roughly ◎58.1 billion in additional military expenditures on Wednesday, providing funding for expansions to both the Royal Pelinese Navy and the Royal Pelinese Air Force. The decision comes at a critical moment in the security situation of the Mediterranean region as military tensions continue to rise, with the ongoing crisis between the Imperial Frost Federation and the Democratic People’s Republic of Rekhiva creeping further towards warfare and the recently announced expansion of the Stoinian Royal Navy threatening to see the Mediterranean Sea saturated with ever more Concordian warships. MPs from the ruling United Pelinai party celebrated the success of the bill shortly after its passing, with leading party member Chihiro Tsuguniko (UP-MD) calling it “a victory for Pelinai’s defense and a critical step in ensuring its continued ability to maintain the Pelinese nation’s right to self-determination,” while the opposition maintains that further Pelinese rearmament runs a high risk of provoking an arms race in the Mediterranean.

The Pelinese government’s latest allocation towards military spending occurs in midst of a fraught balance of power between the nations of the Mediterranean region. While the flashpoint between Frost and Rekhiva remains the most pressing matter at hand, other circumstances such as the newly announced Stoinian naval buildup and the Sallodesian military facilities in Varana are also believed to be primary reasons for the Pelinese Navy’s continued expansion; the Varana base in particular prompted a redeployment of air defense assets towards Pelinai’s Mediterranean coast with its first announcement, and remains a significant source of agitation for Pelinese leadership. The governing UP-CD-PN-RU coalition maintains that further increases to the Pelinese military’s capability are necessary to offset the risks that these developments pose, while the opposition claims that such actions will only cause further tensions in the region and increase the risk of catastrophic military conflict.

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The new spending bill authorizes approximately ◎58.1 billion Hana in new funding for the navy and air force, including roughly 400 new aircraft and 35 new ships as well as equipment for four new coastal defense battalions and additional sustainment funding for currently building ships. The RPAF is expected to add 300 airframes of the Ae-15 Ayame fighter aircraft, 40 Na-17 Marahu heavy bombers, and 30 dedicated trainer aircraft, as well as 6 new AEW&C platforms, while the navy will receive 45 maritime patrol aircraft, 2 AEW&C aircraft, 35 Tori-S class missile cutters to expand its missile boat fleet and replace aging Tori class boats, and four complete Caltrop missile systems. The purchased equipment will be used to form four new aircraft wings, 10 new aircraft squadrons, 4 coastal defense battalions, and two new missile cutter flotillas, most of which are expected ro be stationed along Pelinai’s western coast.

Forces procured under the additions bill will join an already immense and well-established Pelinese military presence in the Mediterranean, one which encompasses carrier battlegroups, flotillas of submarines and fast attack craft, and shore-based cover and support from fighters, bombers, airborne command aircraft, and maritime patrol aircraft, as well as anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile batteries, conventional and over-the-horizon radar arrays, and an extensive network of anti-submarine hydrophones. This vast array of naval warfare capability has formed the cornerstone of Pelinese long-term security strategy since the late 1990s, receiving continual upgrades and fleet additions as various wars, formations of foreign alliances, and other geopolitical events have arisen, and it remains likely that the Ministry of Defense will continue to add further hardware to the region as a wide selection of security concerns loom ever closer from Pelinai’s west.


Opinion: The World Forum is incapable of protecting human rights.

May 15, 2024
Yumi Akaiko, Minister of Parliament (RU)

You may remember a day in May of last year when, in the midst of one of many exchanges between Valkyria and other nations with respect to the former’s insistence on roleplaying as a narco-state by attempting to pressure other nations into legalizing cannabis and other prohibited psychoactive substances, Valkyria’s official ambassador to the Imperial State of Ryccia had this to say:

Religious individuals living under continual persecution by the Fourth Republic of Vrigny, who is actively committing crimes against humanity under the Petrovka Statute by imprisoning individuals for holding religious beliefs, would certainly appreciate some of this rhetoric by Valkyria in defense of the religious rights that it seemingly values. But what, you may ask, did this founding state of the World Forum have to say in response to a heinous provision that clearly violates the Charter of the World Forum and infringes on a basic, longstanding, foundational right of all people?


Prime Minister Steffan Bennett deliberately avoided condemning the public, unapologetic commission of crimes against humanity by the Fourth Republic of Vrigny. But perhaps the Federal Republic of Gianatla, the very author of the World Forum resolution that introduced the mandatory recognition by World Forum member states of the 1956 Declaration of Human Rights (another document that Vrigny is in clear breach of) as a jus cogens component of international law, will be more willing to take action against derogation of its own resolution?

Human rights are evidently not, in fact, universal, at least in the blind eyes that Gianatla is currently turning towards Vrigny’s religious population.

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The World Forum’s proponents are a collective joke. The organization itself is a hollow charade that cannot maintain peace, cannot defend international stability, and cannot protect even the most fundamental of human rights. Despite what many abroad and even some Pelinese politicians may believe, this is not an unfortunate failure on the part of the World Forum nor is it an unintentional or undesirable outcome on the part of its architects. The World Forum does not exist to defend or maintain any of the aforementioned things; as has been so clearly illustrated by two if its founding nations, it exists to further the self-serving interests of those who would rather use it and its enforcement powers to enact the social policies of their governments abroad and ensure their own geopolitical primacy while gleefully throwing innocents who depend on the more “undesirable” of the human rights into the hot spring.

Can the World Forum be saved from its present state by Pelinese or other intervention made with the goal of pushing it towards its nominal purpose? Perhaps. But existing internationalist organizations and human rights guardians like the World Forum are, at the present moment, as much of an unreliable and even hostile party as the Restorationists have always stated them to be, and recent statements regarding Pelinai’s complaint to the International Court have only further demonstrated this assertion to be true. It would be extremely dangerous to rely on such organizations as the World Forum to afford even the smallest measure of protection to the Pelinese people, especially in the short term.

But what is to be done instead? It is of the utmost importance that Pelinai leverage the full powers of the Ministry of Economics and state-owned enterprises to facilitate the extension its economic and industrial bases, allowing it to meet the growing technological needs of the modern Pelinese military while simultaneously also providing for the continued prosperity of the national populace. It is also necessary to strengthen existing economic, military, and other agreements between Pelinai and other states, as well as seek new ones where it is appropriate and beneficial. Wherever possible, Pelinai must continue to sharpen the economic and military power necessary to retain its governmental independence and ensure the continued freedom of the Pelinese people.

The Pelinese know from experience that their freedoms and safety are gained not from votes and petitions, or from decisions handed down by foreign powers and international organizations, but from the spilled blood of those that would deny them those things. The empty promises of the World Forum and similar organizations will not change that, and the Pelinese must be ready and willing to retain their rights and freedoms themselves.