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Excuse me, that's how you talk about one of my favorite French entries ? xcry
That was me overreacting to summon you because I knew that :p Mission complete (** insert devilish laughter **). "Echo" wasn't that bad, although it's kind of an oddball in Anggun's discography and I still believe it was a choice.

The performance was off though, in my opinion. Apart from the amateur camera work and choreo, one couldn't have visuals that seemed to advertise the Olympics 2012 for an entry that could have been part of a Mario Kart OST. They should have picked a side, it was probably too confusing for the casual viewer and doomed to failure as is. But that's not a surprise really, France 3 had the most clueless team when it came to doing things right. I felt bad for Anggun, she seemed proud of representing us and an artist of her stature did not deserve to get exposed like that.

I wish they had opted for more stylish visuals to go along with the song. Her outfit was amazing by the way.
 

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That was me overreacting to summon you because I knew that :p Mission complete (** insert devilish laughter **). "Echo" wasn't that bad, although it's kind of an oddball in Anggun's discography and I still believe it was a choice.

The performance was off though, in my opinion. Apart from the amateur camera work and choreo, one couldn't have visuals that seemed to advertise the Olympics 2012 for an entry that could have been part of a Mario Kart OST. They should have picked a side, it was probably too confusing for the casual viewer and doomed to failure as is. But that's not a surprise really, France 3 had the most clueless team when it came to doing things right. I felt bad for Anggun, she seemed proud of representing us and an artist of her stature did not deserve to get exposed like that.

I wish they had opted for more stylish visuals to go along with the song. Her outfit was amazing by the way.
Oh the live performance was definitely a mess, it made no sense at all and the only purpose was to give some life back to the grannies and the appreciators of Men Abs in general. We kinda always have been flop when it comes to staging anyway, unspired, and full of clichés.
 

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Ok, Ashley and his posters made me want to get back to storytelling yesterday, so here's an improvised addition to my Tybaltevan ramblings :oops:: no ad campaign here, but some royal drama (again) to build on my previous updates. @randajad I apologise to you in advance for the following post: you're the one who brought up the idea in this very thread. I liked it and thought it was worth developing. Let me know if I went too far, I always can shift focus and change the narrative. :censored: I probably should have sought your approval first... But I also wanted to surprise you and thank you for including Tybalteva in your own nation's history. xheart

7pm news bulletin broadcast on TYBC 1, September 4, 2021.

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"... and last but not least, in the news today: a picture showing a couple of love letters allegedly written by the King of Tybalteva went viral on social media...

A couple of letters written by hand, laying on a wooden console table, and bearing Archibald Aedan's seal were shared hundreds of thousands of times before being taken down by the platforms at the government's request.

The original shot was posted on Friday in the middle of the night on Tybster first, then on Tybsbook and Tybstagram. It might have been simply considered as an endearing token of the King's penchant for lyricism if the messages had not been so unequivocally directed to a recipient whose stature would unleash Internet users' passions on both sides of the Klejiskýbæijj; as a matter of fact, the poetically-worded and carefully-handwritten missives were intended for none other than Gustaav of Griffin Empire: nephew of the Griffinian monarch Ana Klara I...

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The posting was removed from all social media later on and - while the Crown did not publicly react - Prime minister Edyta Toblerova opened a formal legal investigation with the aim of determining the author of the leak, which would corroborate the authenticity of the aforesaid letters.

Why does it matter? Why is more important than a mere invasion of privacy? To answer these questions, let's reach Jin Tanaka, our expert in royal matters, live from Gatineau."

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"Thank you Clemen, indeed if those documents turned out to be authentic, that would have all kinds of implications on the geopolitics of the region.

In less than one year, the King's private life has been exposed like never before on the occasion of his heavily-covered divorce with ex-consort Tuorem this summer, and knowing the usually discreet nature of His Majesty on that subject, we can only assume it is yet another blow given to his privacy. We have talked a lot about his shocking latest appearance during the celebrations of the year of the Black Dragon, with his bleached platinum blonde hair, swollen face and overall corpulent silhouette... A sudden change of looks that led to rumours of health issues that were only partly dismissed by a communiqué stating he was "still able to rule at the present time".

With those leaked letters, the population now learns of a potential love affair with Gustaav of Griffin Empire, which raises many questions:

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Firstly, it would be the first time in History that the Crown would allow a liaison with a figure that has no national roots. The Tybaltevan dynasty has always been adamant that prohibiting "foreign elements" was key to protect their independance. While we can only imagine the King's intentions, that would set a noteworthy precedent.

Secondly, the documents allegedly dated back to 2019 when Aedan was still married... which goes against the narrative - spread by most media - that his divorce was nothing but His consort's doing. Maybe the circumstances were not as crystal clear as we thought they were.

Thirdly, if Archibald and Gustaav were to wed eventually, it would have significant repercussions in Galea: not only would it cement an already strong bond between Griffin Empire and Tybalteva - fostering their economies, strengthening cooperations and increasing their influence - but it also would change the ratios of power dramatically in a region that historically rested on divergent political influences that blocked hegemonic positions. Tybalteva would not become a crushing force overnight, but it would probably carry enough weight for the King to reshape several diplomatic power struggles to His liking.

In other words, it would reignite tensions with Kamandé that most likely would look unfavourably on our nation getting more political leeway in Galea. Coincidence or not, Kamandéan president Malena Ernman was to join Griffin Prime Minister Jon Jozsefson today in Kralingslæting for business purposes and meet the Queen afterwards, but ended up cancelling her travel at the last minute due to "scheduling issues"... Instead, she attended a cultural event in Sima-Noire, broadcasted live on TV. I would like not to read too much into it, but I would not be surprised if Kamandéans tried to signal Griffins that they should reconsider their alliances. By extrapolation, it would be easy to deduce that Rumia would side with Ernman while Gvozdmost and Pyreica would keep both parties sweet, as they did on several occasions in the past."

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"That sure sounds like a lot would happen in the region, Jin. What can you tell us about Gustaav of Griffin Empire, whose name is quite unknown here?"

"Yes, the fact that Gustaav - out of all Griffin royalty - is involved in this is actually quite unexpected for lots of reasons. The truth is there is very little information about him, as he does not seem to be eager to be in the spotlight.

He is Ana Klara I's nephew. His long light blonde hair, skin of alabaster, eyes of aquamarine and slender physique almost make him look like a character from a swashbuckling adventure story. All his appearances are related to royal ceremonies, although he seems to stay away from the power of the Monarch, unlike his relatives.

The only time he was pushed to the forefront was when famous magazine "VOGUE" granted every Griffin royalty a cover throughout 2017. On that occasion, he gave his only interview to date. An interview that gave a glimpse of an educated yet enigmatic man, often speaking in oracle-like sibylline sentences. With the Griffin royal family having so many colourful members, his taciturnity makes him fade away in the background, but ironically that is what sets him apart from the others.

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All of this contributes to arousing interest in him, although he never was destined for so much attention".

"Thank you, Jin. We will not fail to reach you again should we learn more in the coming weeks. And now the weather: the skies will remain clear tomorrow despite the temperatures remaining below the seasonal standards..."

That was a lot. If you made it there, thanks a lot for reading. You da real MVP. xkiss
 
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I- Love it. xheat The drama, can't wait to see if the rumours are true, but I hope it's true. I am really honoured and glad that you embraced the idea, and came up with such an interesting story. Now, you gave me idea (also Ash with that amazing holiday promo) to make a guide to Griffin royal family or titles or both.

Some time ago I started to make the royal family tree, and interestingly enough Tybaltevan nobility married into Griffin royal family only on one occasion - when a Tybaltevan countess married Griffin emperor Frëdrik XVII (link). And the current empress really has a brother (link2), so your sources seem to be correct. xfaint

edit: Also according to the family tree, full name of the young men would be Gustaav Köśhenriksson, zalklev ätt (lord of) Anastasij. :lol: xheat
 
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I- Love it. xheat The drama, can't wait to see if the rumours are true, but I hope it's true. I am really honoured and glad that you embraced the idea, and came up with such an interesting story. Now, you gave me idea (also Ash with that amazing holiday promo) to make a guide to Griffin royal family or titles or both.

Some time ago I started to make the royal family tree, and interestingly enough Tybaltevan nobility married into Griffin royal family only on one occasion - when a Tybaltevan countess married Griffin emperor Frëdrik XVII (link). And the current empress really has a brother (link2), so your sources seem to be correct. xfaint

edit: Also according to the family tree, full name of the young men would be Gustaav Köśhenriksson, zalklev ätt (lord of) Anastasij. :lol: xheat
Woah now I got tricked with those trees! OMG! i'm shook! You had prepared it all :eek: Actually, I secretly hoped you would tell us more about your royal family, so I'm 100% hyped about how you will address it. xheart I say YES to the official guide! I didn't know your royalty was related to Solentoya, Oussou and Rahasia-Diati xheat The elite comes together.

I'm relieved you took my "surprise" well, as I had to pick a name and a face by myself: I thought Gustaav would fit right in. :D But I can change the narrative or any detail if it goes against your original plans. Just let me know, usually I try not to make up information that goes beyond my "property", if that makes sense.

You know History better than I do, so I trust the accuracy of your tree. ;) Maybe there were a few Griffin-Tybaltevan secret affairs that didn't make it to official records because they did not lead to marriage: it would not be surprising since we have long-standing ties.

I will try to continue the story soon, at the very least to either confirm or debunk the rumours. Thank YOU for suggesting such a turn of events in the first place. xlove
 

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omg guys couldn't you wait until I finished with uni for good before dropping all this NSC galore :lol:
Now I have to live up to your additions if I don't want to look ridiculous
 

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Hi people! While wandering in the forests of Vylkuzeme for the first time, I felt like it was time for Tybalteva to send a song to dance to: after all, we were yet to present one until now. NSC 197 will right this wrong since EVERGLOW will represent our nation this edition. :)

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"La Di Da" is a retro synth pop piece seen through the lens of K-pop with a hint of old-school superhero anime ost at times. It blends old and contemporary within a frame that is meant to be timeless imo. I find the melody infectious and the arrangements full of details, with a good dose of grandiloquence. In this case, the higher the volume the better. Lyrically, it deals with the uplifting and universal theme of ignoring negative opinions and focusing on the positive ones when making your own way in life.

The song became a hot hit in Tybalteva, as well as a classic in nightclubs: if you come and visit us, chances are you will hear it during your stay if you are into night life. For Tybaltevans, this is the definition of a "banger", a "jam". We don't use the word "bop" here, which is interpreted derogatorily.

I have been wanting to send that effort even before our nation joined the roster, so it's been sitting in the dark for a hot minute, and although it's got quite a view count now, I just had to pay tribute to this group I have a lot of respect for.

Fun fact: In the original version of "La Di Da", EVERGLOW were singing the line "Got no time for Màendéez" : Màandéez is a slang Tybaltevan word used to refer to Kamandéans in a belittling way (a move that made them go viral on our youth's app Tybtok upon the release). A few weeks later, a new version was recorded and the line was changed for "Got no time for haters" not to jeopardise the growing international success of the track.

Let's all send our detractors packing while enjoying the music! xmusic

The eyes that keep looking at me
The gestures that play separately from your heart
Why don’t you know it’s ridiculous?

The face like a bright red mask
And the twisted arrogant tone
I got it, you want it,
Open yourself, deeply trapped inside

When you feel something is wrong, too late
Obviously, only regrets will remain
No sir you know you’ll be late
The chance is now Sorry

Got no time for haters
Now cut it out everything (I’m like)
La di da

I can’t even hear’em
No I just erase everything (I’m like)
La di da



For those of you who wonder what our stage performance in ::vyl will look like, you can find our dress rehearsal below xcheer

 

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Woo-hoo! Thank you for the support in NSC 197. Our best result to date. xheart

Since eight is a very important number to me and it will be Tybalteva's eighth participation in Emsfrynt, I decided we will send nothing less than our national anthem. And it will be sung in old Tybaltevan. :giggle:

#StayTuned
 

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Good evening Natia, I eventually present you the eighth Tybaltevan entry in NSC, that is no other than our national anthem. You have probably heard it before without paying attention during the Olympic Games and football matches. It is the essence of our people in musical form. The remains of past joy and suffering, battles and schemes: the turbulent and fleeting nature of life.

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Officially called "In Uthenera" (which - in old Tybaltevan - can translate to "in a long sleep" or "in an endless dream") is most commonly known as "Lelianna's song", in reference to a mythical bard who supposedly lived in medieval times and roamed the country singing songs and telling tales about royals, heroes and legends. Lelianna was considered a prominent figure among people for entertaining them with captivating stories she lived during her peregrinations and maintaining the hope of less troubled times.

Several of her songs crossed the ages until today, and "In Uthenera" is one of them. It is said she wrote it when first visiting a picturesque waterfall called the "Uniaéversu Perstéan" (Portal of the Universe). Located in the big forêt des âmes vaporeuses (forest of hazy souls) 54km south to the Tybaltevan capital, the waterfall rushes through a round cavity that was regarded as a portal to the heavenly vault, according to the bard. Despite the various tales told about Lelianna, all tally with each other when it comes to the last time she was seen. As she was convinced she could travel to the heavens, she marched to the waterfall at the break of dawn one day, followed by a few fellow travellers. She started bathing in the pool and waited for the sun to break through the cavity to climb back up the bed of the river. The light was so intense that her friends saw her silhouette disappear in the blink of an eye. Past the stupefaction and despite their efforts to know where she went, no one saw her ever again. Of course, the legend says she succeeded in entering the heart of the universe.

Nowadays, the Portal of the Universe is a protected heritage site visited by millions of Tybaltevans each year. Whether they are admirers of Lelianna, in search of spiritual connection or simply fond of nature, they are millions to make the trip to reach the waterfall before the sunrise, when the atmosphere is mystically misty. The whole point is to witness the sunlight fill the portal. It is said that for a minute, the birds and surroundings go quiet and one could hear Lelianna sing from a distance, provided one's ear is trained to disregard the noise made by the rushing waters. I myself go there every year because it's a place full of meaning to us, it's almost like connecting to a common soul only Tybaltevans can feel in their innermost beings.

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The "Portal of the Universe" before and after the sunrise.

"In Uthenera" became the national anthem of Tybalteva when the dislocated lands were unified. It is filled with nostalgia, happiness, sorrow and mysticism: what life has been about for generations of Tybaltevans.

We hope the song will resonate with some of you, although we do not expect foreigners to relate to it as deeply as we do. Since it is sung in Old Tybaltevan, you can find the translation of the lyrics below. Enjoy!

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For those who don't have time for the BS and want to know where the song comes from, click the spoiler below:

 

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Good evening Natian people, long time no see.

I have been away for a while because I was on holiday. Actually, I accepted @HayashiM 's invitation to visit Endórë for two weeks... And it was a total change of scene. Thank you Master for accommodating me at your own house and Barbora for being my improvised travel guide when work was calling you. xheart

I will remember fondly the giggles, the homemade lizzas fresh out of the oven, the sunsets vanishing into the deep-green forests, and the endless conversations at night while sipping that one obscure sort of local tea you made me discover.

I can only recommend people to take a trip to the unusual nation that is Endórë... if you are the adventurous sort. For someone like me, who was not accustomed to rusticity, wild landscapes and intimidating creatures showing up here and there, it's been an experience. As a pure layman, I cannot fathom the depths of Endorian culture in such a short time, but the glimpse of it that I caught intrigued me for sure.

For recollection's sake, here's a picture I took of both Sir Hayashi and Lady Barbora while the three of us were having one last drink outside before my departure.
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Take care guys, thank you for your hospitality, and see you soon I hope! xkiss I moved back to Gatineau: just give me a call if you'd like to come over here, the door will always be open for you. :)

edit: Tybalteva will take part in NSC 199. The entry was sent to astronaut Ferret. The presentation of it will come tomorrow if I'm not too lazy.
 

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Good evening guys. I am really pushing myself to post a presentation tonight, so please excuse me if it feels rushed, which is a shame since I love our next entry.

As you might have noticed, Tybaltevans always like to switch it up, so here is yet another facet of us for you to enjoy or dislike.

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On the occasion of our ninth participation in NSC, we will be represented by Astra Zero, who identifies himself as a "gay vampire with a risqué cerebral hemisphere and a penchant for gloomy aesthetics". Darkness is more than the mere consequence of the existence of light, it can be a lifestyle: once you commit to it, you don't ever want to backtrack as it ends up feeling like silk on your skin. Comforting and intoxicating.

Our representative was chosen from day one and - considering his name could have been given to a celestial body - I find it funny that the theme of this current edition is cosmos. Cosmos is a very inspirational concept and place to me due to how vast and puzzling it is. There is a poeticness to it that strongly appeals to me. Fun fact: did you know our nation had claimed ownership of a tiny part of it called the "constellation of the purple lion"? That ownership is recognised by no one but us, but that's beside the point, we Tybaltevans hold the sky in high regard and think we travel there when dreaming.

Back to our entry, we chose to send "We Make The Rules": an intense and cinematic blend of musical influences from electronica to trip hop to gothic metal... that ultimately remains its own thing. I feel the dark undertones of it with every fiber of my being and enjoy how psychedelic and gripping the visuals are. I would definitely go to the underworld, french kiss the Devil and revere my sins as best I can to this music.

Unless you fear the number of the beast, join us and surrender to your shadows for a while.

He's a block away and you're so afraid
Cause your body isn't ready for this escapade
But you need it now, God he's almost here
And this mother fucker's ready to relive your fear
So you dim the lights, And you pray to God
That he's gonna give it up the way he said he would

You can be my enemy in public
But right now you're mine
And now we're gonna let out all our anger
And push the limits



That is all for now. See you somewhere in the cosmos. xheart
 

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Good evening Natian people, long time no see.

I have been away for a while because I was on holiday. Actually, I accepted @HayashiM 's invitation to visit Endórë for two weeks... And it was a total change of scene. Thank you Master for accommodating me at your own house and Barbora for being my improvised travel guide when work was calling you. xheart

I will remember fondly the giggles, the homemade lizzas fresh out of the oven, the sunsets vanishing into the deep-green forests, and the endless conversations at night while sipping that one obscure sort of local tea you made me discover.

I can only recommend people to take a trip to the unusual nation that is Endórë... if you are the adventurous sort. For someone like me, who was not accustomed to rusticity, wild landscapes and intimidating creatures showing up here and there, it's been an experience. As a pure layman, I cannot fathom the depths of Endorian culture in such a short time, but the glimpse of it that I caught intrigued me for sure.

For recollection's sake, here's a picture I took of both Sir Hayashi and Lady Barbora while the three of us were having one last drink outside before my departure.
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Take care guys, thank you for your hospitality, and see you soon I hope! xkiss I moved back to Gatineau: just give me a call if you'd like to come over here, the door will always be open for you. :)

edit: Tybalteva will take part in NSC 199. The entry was sent to astronaut Ferret. The presentation of it will come tomorrow if I'm not too lazy.

I am so glad to hear about your safe arrival back to Gatineau, we've almost started to worry about you, with this modern plague and other nasty stuff everywhere!

Thank you for your visit, it'd been really nice having you. It is a pity you hadn't mentionned earlier when exactly you were coming, we could've spared you the nasty adventure of neighbouring houses breathing smoke through their green facades and chasing you over half of the land... So remember, our home is your home, next time, just let us know you're on your way and we'll send an eagle. Or maybe a poney, they are more reliable I guess :)

Also, what a great gift - the Tybaltevan variety of basil seeds - you'd brought us! I imagine this is how Athelas must have smelt in the old days before its extinction... We have planted the basil in the warmth of our greenhouse and hope for a great crop - I am sure its grown leaves and lizzas shall combine perfectly one day.

Btw, I have indeed gained about 20kg since moving in together with Lady Barbora - thank you for magically redistributing my weight to the somewhat more flattering areas on this picture ;)

I hope you feel well rested after the visit. We can't wait to explore Gatineau under your kind guidance, and to taste all those soft drinks from Asciùdaz you spoke about with so much enthusiasm...

Take care and see you around ;) Good luck to you and your vampire representative in NSC 199!

(After this excellent Tybaltevan publicity, should anyone else also feel curious about visiting Endórë outside of the WLSC scope, just let me know. There's always going to be some adventures and surprises like the occasional drunk goblin posing for our - nonexistent - president, however trust us - we are doing our best to improve the situation and lots has been achieved already.)
 
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