Earlier this morning, Commissar Tarkus made the following announcement to the gathered citizens of Stormgate in Headsman's Square.

Ministers, Soldiers, Citizens of the Dominion.

Yesterday, July 15th 6804, Minister of Coin Talia Salt was found brutally murdered in her own home. 

Salt was a public servant, a brilliant woman, and a pillar of our nation. She was an indisputable reason that the Dominion is as great as it is today. I will not let her death go unavenged.

Thanks to the efforts of our overseers within the ranks of the Protectorate, we have come to the inescapable conclusion that Salt's death was arranged and paid for by agents of the Vrintish Hegemony. This was a deliberate attempt to destabilize our government in preparation for a military invasion. We will not let them take advantage of it.

As I speak, our military forces are marching south to begin a campaign of war against Vrint. As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated assassination, the Storman military, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. However, I require your cooperation.

Now it is more important than ever that the enemies hiding within our midst be driven into the light. Old blood nobles, dissident factions, Vrintish operatives, killers and monsters are hiding among you. They seek to destroy everything you hold dear. Now, more than ever, you must be vigilant. Report suspicious activity to the Protectorate. Submit yourself to the draft to defend our nation. Pay your taxes and cooperate with officers of the government. 

I, Comissar Hector Tarkus, Lord Ruler of the Dominion, hereby declare a state of war against the nation of Vrint. 

A Storm is coming, my fellow citizens. Prepare yourselves.

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