Message the people of the former state of Bulgaria, and the endangered state of Romania
I n an effort to re-integrate the citizens of Bulgaria into our Empire, the capital city of Sofia is to be demolished in a month’s time. This being the 20th century and a time of great enlightenment rather than barbarism, certain concessions to the preservation of Bulgaria’s people and culture will be made.
A s of this decree, all people entering and leaving the city are allowed to do so only on foot. Anything that a person or group of people can carry from the city on foot may be taken, and we encourage Bulgarians to relocate the contents of their museums, libraries and universities to other sites. Ottoman soldiers will not take responsibility to discriminate former owners from looters, but will only be present to keep the peace during this transition; Bulgarians seen committing acts of violence within the city limits will be shot.
A fter a full 28 days have passed from this decree, the Ottoman army will proceed to demolish the city as follows: All government-related buildings--which will include but not be limited to homes of government officials, non-religious structures designed for public gatherings of more than 30 people, schools of all types, libraries, and museums--will be razed with large explosives. Remaining buildings--which should theoretically include family residences, small local businesses, churches, mosques, and synagogues--will not be fully demolished, but will be burnt from the inside out at the whim of Ottoman officers.
B ulgaria is once again a province of the Ottoman Empire, and will be allowed to rebuild a regional capital in Ямбол, Стара Загора, or Бургас, as they choose. An act of this nature will not be repeated so long as the Bulgarians demonstrate a willingness to once again live peacefully as a part of our Empire.
R omania should look upon this action as a warning. They can cede to the Empire peacefully or with struggle, but we believe nobody--including the Sultan and the Ottoman army themselves--wants to see our hand forced to extreme actions in Bucharest as well. It may very well not proceed nearly as cleanly.
> A large party of soldiers and civilian demolition experts will converge on Sofia, surrounding the city. In 28 days, the demolitions will take place. Among the remaining buildings, soldiers will concentrate on burning of residences of upper-class citizens as well as churches and synagogues over 20 meters tall. Mosques will not be burned.
> The Romanian campaign will continue with the same conditions as stated previously, with hopes of a surrender. If soldiers reach Bucharest with no surrender offered, they are to set fire to governmental buildings and even make a half-hearted (but definitely not earnest) attempt at burning the Patriarchal Palace as a final warning.
> Naval forces in the eastern Mediterranean are to converge on Cyprus. British military and governmental agents will be given 24 hours to vacate the island, after which Ottoman forces will land on the island and kill any Brits remaining.