BREAKING: Pres. Mellark announces troop withdrawal from Greece

BREAKING: President Peeta Mellark is set to make an address to the citizens of Panem today in which he will announce the imminent withdrawal of troops from the region of Greece, according to reports coming out of the White House.

The war in Greece, which has led to dozens of Panem troop casualties, has not been popular with the general populace of Panem and has led to middling approvals for the President and his administration. It is not certain if this withdrawal will be following achievement of the goals set forth by Mellark when he announced the intervention or not.

More to come as we get it…

UPDATE: President Mellark addressed the nation moments ago:

“Citizens of Panem, we have finally reached a point in our intervention into the crisis in Greece that we can withdraw our armed forces from the area. This mission was a success, and we accomplished our goals that we set forth when we set out on this mission. Now we will leave this conflict to be settled between the Grecorussian Empire and the Greek forces.

We decided to end our involvement following the recovery of the nuclear materials that had disappeared in Greece and the capture of the nuclear stockpiles there. After agreement with the Grecorussian government, we have decided to take control of the nuclear stockpile permanently by way of transporting it out of the region, which remains quite volatile. There is no reason that such dangerous materials should remain in proximity to such armed conflict, and nuclear weapons should remain a weapon of last resort, something that we cannot ascertain the Greek forces are able to understand.

This victory came with great loss. We must pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and to those who have risked their lives in order to ensure the safety of not only Panem, but also of the world. To all of you, we thank you for your service.

Our mission, however, is still not complete. While we were able to secure all nuclear materials that were disappeared by the Greek forces, some is still unaccounted for. We are not sure who has control of this material, but rest assured that Panem along with her allies will find this material and apprehend those who intend to use it.

Thank you, and God bless the Republic of Panem.”



23 dead as Panem troops enter first day of war in Greece

Panem troops officially landed in Greece on Tuesday, marking the first day of Panem’s intervention in the Grecorussian conflict. So far, Greece has kept to their threats, resulting in twenty-three Panem military casualties.

The intervention in Greece is intended to prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of volatile entities, according to the State Department. However, in regards to further action beyond that, the Panem government has remained silent as to whether troops will come home immediately following achieving the goals of the intervention.

The death toll so far in Greece is higher than that of any war so early on in the conflict next to the Panem Revolution. The Panem military post-revolution has historically been very quick and efficient in their war strategy, preventing mass casualties on the behalf of Panem soldiers. However, with this conflict, President Peeta Mellark puts his reputation (and possibly his presidency) on the line. If the war continues on with such casualties, there is a very high likelihood that Panem would be forced to withdraw from the conflict.

BREAKING: Greek rebels threaten Grecorussian Empire with “nuclear destruction”

BREAKING: Rebels from the region of Greece are threatening to use the nuclear weapons obtained from the stockpile they claimed at the beginning of their civil war with the Grecorussian Empire, threatening “nuclear destruction.”

The rebels, who have declared unilateral independence from the Grecorussian Empire, obtained the weapons upon gaining control of the compound that contained the stockpile. The use of Grecorussian nuclear weapons has been of great concern for the Western world as the Empire remains Panem and other countries’ closest ally in the East. The escalation of the conflict has led to greater concern over the potential use of the weapons, but there had been no explicit threat until now. Should the conflict result in the launching of the weapons by Greece, it is likely that the Grecorussian Empire would follow suit with their own nuclear weapons. Nonetheless, the president of the disputed nation of Greece, Pavlos Katsaros, stated today in a televised statement that “Greece will not back down against the Grecorussian regime. It is time for Grecorussia to become just Greece and Russia once again. What is good for Moscow is not good for Athens. It never has been, and it never will be. Since war is what it takes to get Moscow’s attention, we will use war. If nuclear weapons are what it takes to get Moscow’s attention, we will use these weapons. We are not afraid to employ nuclear destruction against the tyrants in Moscow.”

Furthermore, the rebels issued a stark statement for the Western world, particularly Panem: “This is a conflict between Greece and Russia. This is not a conflict that involves you. Back away, and we will make sure that we do not start another world war. We will not hurt you unless you involve yourselves in a conflict that you have no standing to be involved with.”

This statement received sharp criticism from the majority of Europe and certainly from Panem. Below are a few statements:

Panem (Secretary of State Celine Oswald): “The Grecorussian Empire remains an ally of the nation of Panem, and we deeply condemn the statements made today by Pavlos Katsaros regarding potential use of nuclear weapons. We urge for a peaceful resolution to this conflict. However, in regards to Mr. Katsaros’s statement regarding outside military action, let me be completely clear: we will be entering the region of Greece. We will be locating the lost nuclear weapons, which were either negligently lost by Mr. Katsaros’s forces or maliciously given to terrorists by Mr. Katsaros and his forces. We do not seek to wage a war with anyone, but considering the hostility that has been conveyed by the Greek rebels, we have no choice. There is no separate Greece or Russia. There is only the Grecorussian Empire. Any separation is not recognized by Panem, and it would be contrary to our interests to insist otherwise.”

United Kingdom (Prime Minister Edith Felton): “If the conflict continues to escalate and nuclear weaponry is used by the Greek forces, we simply must intervene. We cannot afford yet another world war. We cannot let the Greek region devolve into a nuclear wasteland. There is simply too much at stake for humanity. So, Mr. Katsaros, be warned: we will be coming for you. Make intelligent choices.”

Grecorussian Empire (President Rostislav Alexeieva): “There is one Grecorussia. There is not a Greece and a Russia. We are united as one. These separatists are not legitimate in the slightest, even if they have procured nuclear weapons. However, let me make something clear: if attacked, we will strike back harder. The traitors will not be able to attack again following what we will respond with.”


President Mellark formally asks Congress to allow intervention in Greece; Congress approves

Following this week’s nuclear debacle in Greece, President Peeta Mellark (Liberty-D12) formally asked Congress to approve articles allowing for an intervention in Greece.

Earlier this week, it was determined that nuclear weapons previously controlled by the rebel Greek military had become unaccounted for. Since then, it has been determined that while the Greek military was in the process of moving the stockpile under the possible intent of using the weapons on their own, several nuclear weapons were misplaced in the process and fell into the hands of terrorist organizations. It is currently unknown which organization has the nuclear weapons.

Congress easily passed the articles allowing for an intervention. The House passed the articles by a vote of 134-66. The Senate vote tally is below.

Voting aye (24): Bass (Lib-D1), Benson (Lib-Capitol), Briscoe (Lib-D7), Debroff (Lib-D11), Delacruz (Lib-D5), Delsont (Lib-D11), Descoteaux (Lib-D14), Ellsworth (Lib-D3), Folsom (Lib-D8), Hampton (Lib-D2), Harrison (Lib-D4), James (Lib-D2), Oppenheim (Lib-D13), Quaker (Lib-D12), Qurius (Lib-D5), Randall (Centre-D9), Roydon (Centre-Capitol), Sanford (Lib-D15), Talton (Lib-D13), Thibault (Lib-D14), Trent (Lib-D12), Wallace (Lib-D4),  Weston (Lib-D1), Wilkie (Lib-D7).

Voting nay (8): Canstrom (Lab-D9), Garrett (Centre-D15), Kennedy (Civic-D6), Kramer (Civic-D6), Newsom (Civic-D3), Richards (Lab-D10), Wallace (Lab-D8), Walters (Lab-D10)


BREAKING: Grecorussian nukes reported missing

BREAKING: According to the Grecorussian Defense Ministry, nuclear weapons that were in the hands of the Greek military due to the presence of the nuclear arsenal in the Grecorussian province of Greece are now unaccounted for.

The Grecorussian Empire, behind Panem, has the second-largest nuclear weapons stockpile in the world. The Empire began production on their stockpile following Panem’s win in the Panem-IANO War with the intent of keeping the weapons for defensive measures. The weapons were kept in two provinces: the province of Greece, which is obviously ground zero for the civil war, and the province of Moscow, which also contains the capital of the Grecorussian Empire.

It is unknown where the nuclear weapons are or who has control of them. The two most likely possibilities are:

a) Greece has taken the nuclear weapons stockpile and moved it to another location as a means of preserving set of “last resort” weapons


b) Another group of dubious origin has gained control of parts or the entirety of the stockpile with intent to harm sovereign nations.

Due to this escalation, it is likely that Panem may seek to step in and intervene in the conflict in order to recover the weapons. President Peeta Mellark has already dubbed the possibility of lost nukes a “disturbing scenario that would require our intervention.” Such an intervention would require the approval of Congress, who will almost certainly pass an approval of the intervention as the majority belongs to the President’s party. However, the Red-Green coalition has gained support from the Conservative Party in opposing a potential intervention.

DoD dismisses potential intervention in Greece, declares nukes to be “utmost concern”

The Department of Defense, via Secretary Jonathan Madison (Liberty-D4), dismissed the idea of a potential intervention in Greece.

Madison stated, “The nation of Panem has no interest in meddling with the affairs of a sovereign nation or a contested region unless it directly affects Panem’s interests or if war crimes are committed. In those two cases, we can and should intervene, but as the war currently stands, it is not our battle to fight.”

This follows silence from the State Department on the same issues. However, it was widely expected that Panem would not intervene as it would anger the Grecorussian government, a key ally of Panem.

However, upon the topic of the Grecorussian nuclear stockpile, Secretary Madison took a much harsher tone. “In regards to any nuclear weapons in the region potentially falling into the hands of an enemy of Panem or of democratic society as a whole, this scenario would easily fall under the category of protecting Panem’s interests. We certainly would intervene in Greece under these circumstances, and the theft of nuclear weapons are of utmost concern to us here at Defense.”

Grecorussian Civil War continues into second week

The civil war in the Grecorussian Empire continued on into a second week, further destabilizing the boundary between Europe and Asia.

According to reports from the Grecorussian government, around 250 fatalities have been reported as a result of ongoing conflict. It is expected that this number will continue to rise as the civil war continues.

The State Department still is declining to answer questions regarding the conflict. Despite multiple requests for further statement by the State Department, the Department is refusing to comment on the legitimacy of the new Greek government, on potential intervention into the civil war, or what measures Panem and its allies will seek to take should the nuclear weapons of the Grecorussian Empire fall into the wrong hands.

Meanwhile, multiple governments have waded into the discussion of the legitimacy of Greece as an independent nation. The Grecorussian Empire has warned that recognition of Greece as an independent nation would put “severe strain” on relations between the Empire and other nations. Nonetheless, this has not prevented the governments of Ireland, Spain, the Oceanian Republic, and the Polish-Ukrainian Republic from recognizing Greece outright as an independent nation. Meanwhile, the Netherlands, Australia, and Scotland refused to acknowledge Greece as an independent nation. The United Kingdom, France, the Zealandic Republic, South Africa, Switzerland, and Panem have not issued a formal statement supporting or opposing Greece’s independence.

The Republic of Panem is currently put in an untenable situation due to recent foreign policy. The Grecorussian Empire is known to be a key ally to Panem, both in trade and by means of military assistance. Panem has multiple bases in the Grecorussian Empire dating back from World War IV, and any recognition of Greece would jeopardize the existence of those bases and with any agreements between the Empire and Panem. However, Greece held a democratic vote in which the citizens voted for independence. As Secretary Celine Oswald has said in the past, “Panem will fight for the citizens of the world to exercise their right to select their own government through democratic means.” As such, it has been the position of the Panem government for many years that democratically elected governments should be recognized, and in theory, Greece would be a prime example of one to recognize.