Post by Archibald Stanford on Jul 19, 2016 7:10:21 GMT
"Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. The collapse of The European Continental Alliance has resulted in its purpose of providing a collective defence of the European continent being taken over by The British Armed Forces. The Prime Minister, Edmund Wilson, stated that with the chaotic destruction wreaked upon the European mainland, it was only fair that the nation that escaped unscathed would take up this role. The general officer commanding, newly promoted Field Marshal Sir Archibald Stanford, explained further in the newly bought War Office Building, which had been sold in 2013 to become apartments and other accommodation after being used by The War Office during the early to mid 1900's."
The view switches over to the Field Marshal in his new office within the War Office Building in London as he explains the role of The AEDP to the press.
"This is a news story you will bring back to your respective media offices." He began. "And mighty bored they will be!"
His joke caused a quiet round of laughing, which swiftly settled down.
"Due to the political backlash from having every European nation chip in to their defence. It has been decided that the former European Continental Alliance would be turned into what is now known as The AEDP, Anglo-European Defence Pact. The function of which is simply to provide a totally independent armed forces that will protect any nation that has joined the pact. The British Government has willingly allowed the entirety of The British Armed Forces to be cut off from their control to fulfil this role. We, The British Army, Royal Airforce and Royal Navy, will be the defenders of Europe, completely neutral politically and totally adamant that we shall perform our duty, since we have two reasons to perform this objective without fail. The first being that as British soldiers, we have pledged our allegiance to the Sovereign Of The United Kingdom and have a mandate to protect Europe. Failing or attempting to subvert that function would be not only betraying Europe, but the Sovereign, which will result in the subversive element being charged with mutiny and punished severely."
"So, what do the nations within the pact do to assist you, Field Marshal?"
"Wonderful question, old chap! Instead of pooling their nations armed forces together like they did under the Alliance, each nation provides a portion of their defence budget and retains the rest for their own armed forces, if they so wish. They are not obligated to assist us in battle, nor are they discouraged from doing so."
"Field Marshal, as the Supreme Commander, are you in complete command of the forces that are part of The AEDP? Also, it's been said that The AEDP controls the entirety of The Solaris Network, if that's the case, what's stopping you from using that to subjugate Europe and what's your response to Dmitry Molchanov 's calls to remove Solaris satellites over Russia or they'll be shot down?"
"That is a lot of questions and I shall answer them very swiftly, Madam. First, I am in total charge of two separate and distinct forces. The ECA, European Continental Army, a force which is composed of everything The Alliance had before it collapsed, it is now a force that will act as the defensive shield of The Pact since its equipment was picked for defensive warfare. The other is The British Armed Forces, which will act as the offensive spear, thrusting forward from behind the shield to crush the enemy. Secondly, the Solaris network is indeed completely controlled by us and, therefore, completely under my command. However, any attempt to use this network for nefarious purposes that would jeopardise the nations within the pact would be mutiny against the Sovereign and betrayal of the pacts members, which, as I said before, would be severely punished. Lastly, my response to the Russian President is simply this. The AEDP is steadfast in its desire to be the protector of Europe, as such, it will not at any point shut down or move those satellites from their current position, unless proof can be presented that shows they are the cause of their current environmental trouble."