1704 Hurmu political crisis
The 1704 Hurmu political crisis began on 10.VIII.1704, the day after the maimed cadaver of Isor Verion was found hanging in a tree in a forest outside Liderai. It followed the coup d'état attempt just a week earlier.
What had surfaced was a coup attempt, with alleged Barikalus involvement, though there was very little evidence for it. No media in Barikalus acknowledged it, and news on the matter were shifty, and to the public, shocking. There had been a sophisticated level of coordination in the terrorist attacks across the Lake District, no attacks whatsoever in other parts of Hurmu, and no conspirators were captured alive.
Moreover, the murder of Isor Verion had occurred in the following way: Isor Verion had been taken from safety in the Palace of the Elenaran, through security, on a day when security cameras malfunctioned, and, in order to come to Liderai forest, must have passed several HPC and Hurmu Constabulary checkpoints without being seen or found. These were issues that the conservative broadsheet, Times of Huyenkula, carefully raised in an editorial on 10.VIII. In an unprecedented attack on the Times (Hurmu media houses have a friendly relationship to one another), the Humanist-aligned Hurmu Herald called out the Times for "unpatriotic, treacherous insinuations without any fact or basis in reality". A demonstration quickly followed outside the Times headquarters in Vesüha. Demonstrators looted the lobby of the Times before leaving. No demonstrators were arrested.
The Verionist leader in the Assembly of Representatives, Abigail Elenkoo, questioned the matter in a sitting of the Assembly on the 11th. Her speech in the Assembly echoed the Times' editorial, but also brought up alleged humanist involvement in the attempted coup. There were many question marks in the official narrative.
The Minister of Justice, Olga Sikkare, from the Edasi Hurmu party, was taken aback by these insinuations. At the same time, in the heated exchange with the Verionist leader, she had to concede that there were question marks, and that she, as Minister of Justice, nonetheless had not been briefed at all on any matters related to this matter. She had utterly failed in the situation, and would therefore render her resignation.
The Edasi Hurmu party met on the evening, and decided it would officially leave Daniyal al-Osman's cabinet. The prime minister was so informed. However, the Edasi party did not state that they joined the opposition; only that they would not be part of the cabinet anymore. The party did not ask for a vote of confidence in the leadership.
The Verionist, Koos and Moderate parties did, however, call for an immediate vote of confidence in the government.
Thus, on 14.VIII.1704, the Assembly held a vote on confidence in the now minority coalition of Daniyal al-Osman. The Edasi Hurmu party had to choose aside. Liberal and conservative media, not aligned with humanism or Orthodox Church of Apollonia, called on all parties to vote against confidence. It was important to study the situation properly and without impunity. It was evident what humanism had done to other countries, such as Elwynn and Constancia, and humanist leadership had to fall, it was said.
Edasi Hurmu decided to abstain. "It is not in the interests of national security to have a government fail in the middle of war. Investigations need to be held, but we cannot be without a government when we're under attack from a foreign enemy."
As such, the confidence vote was won by the government. Forty-seven votes were in favour of confidence (The Society of Yeshua and the Coalition for Democratic Humanism), with all opposition parties, except Edasi, voting against. There were thus 46 votes against, and 6 votes abstaining (the President, and the Edasi members).
Thereafter, the fourth cabinet of Daniyal al-Osman was sworn in, a minority coalition, Hurmu's first.
However, the crisis did not end there. Media in Hurmu began connecting Senator Kir's murder with humanist involvement, pointing to the alleged fabrication of Kir's last will and testament in favour of Daniyal ibn Daniyal. Kir's widow, Yukiji, in an interview with several newspaper across Hurmu seemed to support that view.
Over the subsequent weeks, national broadcasters began to feature information segments on the peculiar psychological effects of cognitive dissonance, and how the fog of war can lead to seemingly inconsistent narrative details being woven together to form false narratives that benefit the enemies of Hurmu and liberty. Numerous experts were interviewed and given time on the airwaves to expound as to the the sophistication of the information warfare capabilities of Barikalus, whose government sought to use disinformation to weaponise the fear and confusion of the people of Hurmu against themselves.
On 15.VIII.1704 AN, Johannes Klaron Djupvik, commander of the 1st Hurmudan Expeditionary Force deployed in western Arbor, confirmed in an interview with the Istvanistani language service of Radio Hurmu, the loyalty of the Hurmu Peace Corps to the Order and the elected government. Johannes also expressed his gratitude for the level of material support received from the Benacian Union and the advisors provided by the Einhorn dynasty of Normark, which had both proven integral to the success of the offensive against Barikalus that had been ongoing since the start of the year. He concluded his remarks by stating that every effort should be made to avoid exacerbating internal conflicts over tragedies which had occurred as a "consequence of a war being waged against our democracy by a brutal and pitiless enemy who is entirely bereft of any semblance of human sentiment, pity, or decency."