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For All Nails #47:  A Speech Never Given

Office of the Governor-General
Final Draft of Vitavised Speech by GG
22 January 1973

[Editor's Note: After the events described in FAN #45, this
 speech had to be substantially revised...]

My fellow North Americans:

I come to you tonight with important news about a
military operation on the island of Puerto Rico.  As
you know, several revolutionary factions have contested
the rule of Puerto Rico since the collapse of Spanish
authority two years ago [1].

Several weeks ago, we learned that the so-called "Republic
of Boricua", in conjunction with various European interests
[2] was conducting dangerous experiments with radiative
materials, experiments that could potentially lead to an
atomic explosion [3], near the northwestern town of Moca.
This week, factional fighting erupted near Moca, threatening
a release of radiative material [4].  In the interests of
safety, we felt compelled to intervene.

Elements of the Royal Confederation Marine Corps and other
forces have now secured the area of Moca and are at this moment
seeing that the radiative materials are in safe hands.  These
forces will withdraw when this operation is complete, which
should be in a matter of days.  Foreign personnel in the area
will be briefly interned and then returned to their homes [5].
The area controlled by our troops will briefly be under military
government, but the civil rights of the inhabitants will be
fully respected.

The CNA has neither the moral right nor the intention of mandating
a particular government for Puerto Rico, though none of the current factions
seem ready to provide the peaceful rule of law that the inhabitants
deserve.  We remain ready to provide our good offices for negotiations
between the parties, either alone or in conjunction with other powers.
In particular we welcome the cooperation of the United States of Mexico,
who like us have an interest in the stability of the region.

Last month the Kingdom of Australia [6] became the fifth nation to
successfully test an atomic bomb, and three other nations have active
research programs likely to lead to one: the USM, the Kingdom of
Scandinavia, and the Empire of Japan.  The current crisis makes one
thing absolutely clear -- the greatest danger from the presence of
atomic weapons in our world is not their potential use in war, but
their involvement in the myriad conflicts between and within small
nations that plague us everywhere.  Tonight I take this occasion to
call for a conference of all eight atomic or nearly-atomic nations
to develop plans to combat the spread of atomic weapons.  In
particular, I propose that the Caribbean Basin become an "atomic-free
zone", where no power will introduce such weapons or permit them
to be introduced by other parties.  It may be appropriate to
designate other atomic-free zones in other parts of the world, toward
an eventual end of controlling this menace everywhere. [7]

The action today has led to loss of life, both among our brave soldiers
and among the people of Puerto Rico.  We deeply regret the necessity of
this action, and our prayers go out to all our forces, their families,
and to the unhappy people of Puerto Rico, in the hope that their suffering
will lead eventually to a safer world.

Good night, and God bless the Confederation of North America.


[1] Actually the "Republic of Boricua", the Jeffersonista
    government arising from the rebel movement described in
    #39b, controls about 90% of the island.  There
    are two "Loyalist" groups in the southeastern mountains,
    one pledging allegiance to the current government of
    Spain (Fanchonista) and one to the previous one (a Hohenzollern
    monarch, but equally neutral as regarded the UE versus Germany).
    There are sharp divisions within the Boricuans but these have not
    (yet!) emerged into violence.  References to Spanish troops in
    #45 were mistaken -- the BROWN defenders were Boricuan regulars.

[2] That is, the German Empire.

[3] A correct but disingenuous reference to fully functional
    atomic bombs a few weeks away from being loaded onto IRBM's.
    It would seem to follow from #45 that these are largely intact...

[4] Fighting certainly erupted, but the "Loyalists" involved
    were CNA special-ops troops, as described in #45.

[5] I.e., "Yo, Adolph, we won't air this dirty linen in public if
    you won't, we can go with your cover excuses if they're good
    enough."  In the event this remained the CNA's original diplomatic

[6] The word "Dominion" for a self-governing division of the United
    Empire never got established in the FANTL.  Australia is, after
    the Global War, as independent of the UK as is the CNA. 

[7] This CNA "Offensive of the Dove" remained in the speech as actually
    given, and helped Monaghan gain re-election with some PJP support
    (as described in #48).  The main difference, of course, was the
    GG's acceptance of full responsibility for the debacle, his 
    announcement of the resignation of the Minister of Defence, and
    his call to Boricua for a cease-fire and exchange of prisoners.

Dave MB