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AMORA – Over one year ago, a series of incidents that transpired nearly led to the fragmentation of the Protectorate. They were the talk of the area for a month, each new development leading to further conversation. Last week, Jordan Brizendine sat down with Chief Director Bob Monroe to discuss those incidents and the current and future effects they could have on the special region of Delvera and the nation as a whole.

It started in May 2014, during turkey season in Missouri, in the II District of the Protectorate, Monroe related.

Brizendine: “What exactly happened?”
Monroe: “They trespassed on our land to hunt. We said they couldn’t do that and they said we couldn’t rent from them anymore.”

The border between the II District (right) and the III District (left) of the Protectorate.

The border between the II District (right) and the III District (left) of the Protectorate.

“They” referred to one George C and his friend. Mr. C is a member of the family that owns the III District of the Protectorate, which was rented by the Monroe family at the time and on which the Grand Republican Army has been known to operate as per the original founding document of the Protectorate that granted the Delveran Armed Services full access to the area.

This incident was not only a case of property violation, but a valid safety concern.

Brizendine: “Weren’t you guys [Monroe and his brother] hunting at the same time?”
Monroe: “Yes. they walked up on us.”

To prevent further problems, Monroe’s family posted no trespassing signs on the borders of the II District, to the ire of Mr. C.

Brizendine: “And after that, you posted signs on your property, right?”
Monroe: “Yeah.”
Brizendine: “And that’s when they got mad and said you couldn’t rent anymore, right?”
Monroe: “That and telling them they couldn’t hunt there [in the II District] because it was our land, yeah.”

One of the signs posted on the border of the III District of the Protectorate.

One of the signs posted on the border of the III District of the Protectorate.

The abrupt change in the relationship between the two families led to widespread fear that a third faction, the M family, would swoop in to rent and eventually purchase the property. The M family is notorious in the region for “land grabbing” and the subsequent mismanagement of such land, leading to is devaluing because of environmental destruction, as well as rude and dangerous behavior such as driving too fast on gravel roads, leaving fences unrepaired leading to animals escaping, and letting dead animals lie close to the property of others. In fact, the M family is believed to be at the heart of a decades-old conspiracy involving their purported obtaining of some 3 million dollars, half of which was supposed to go to the C family, with which they began their rapid expansion. Brizendine questioned the Chief Director about how well founded these fears were.

Brizendine: “Do you think that the C family will rent the property to the M family?”
Monroe: “No. I think that they are just going to use it for their own hunting and to prove a point. Their friends want to hunt there.”

Finally, Brizendine asked Monroe to speculate on the future of the III District in the Protectorate, as well as comment on the current state of the property.

Brizendine: “Do you think that, say in a few years they would let you rent again?”
Monroe: “Maybe. They’ll probably die before then.”
Brizendine: *laughter* “What?”
Monroe: “They smoke so much. I’m surprised they haven’t asked us to rent again because they need the money.”
Brizendine: “As Chief Director of the Protectorate, do you think the property should remain a part of the Protectorate? Do you think the Delveran military should continue to protect the property and operate on it?”
Monroe: “Yes, if we can. It is too close to our land. The yard hasn’t been mowed in a year.”
Brizendine: “There appears to be a hole gnawed in the house, so who knows what is living in there.”
Monroe: “M family members…”
Everyone: *laughter*

The abandoned house in the III District of the Protectorate.

The abandoned house in the III District of the Protectorate.

Reporter: Jordan Brizendine

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