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Ministry Press Release: Blog Launch
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The Bureau of Human Relations introduces the blog for staffer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as other feline and human guest bloggers.
Many humans have suggested, for some months, that a way to help spread awareness of Purristan is to launch a blog. After many months resisting, we caved.
MEOWPOLIS, Purristan – June 1 2015 – This Ministry has made no secret of our primary objective, which is to make as many aware of us as practicable. We know Project X is pointless if none knows of us, and thus none knows of our project. We have spent the majority of our efforts at raising awareness, and have met some modest success in this endeavor.
Many humans have written suggestions on how we could raise awareness more effectively. The primary and most consistent suggestion has been a blog for the Ministry. We have resisted this for several reasons; not limited to our lack of writers on staff, and our general lack of time for writing anything humans may find interesting enough to read or share.
In spite of our limitations, we caved to the demand. We concede it is a good idea, assuming we can produce respectably interesting content. Owing to our admitted limits, we have chosen to open our blog to all who wish to add content. Officials from our present staff will review guest feline and human submissions, possibly edit or suggest edits, and then add them to the blog.
This press release serves as the blog introduction, and the web address is BLOG.PURRISTAN.COM.
One risk of the blog is the various musings of Ministry staff. None of their words is official views of this Ministry or Purristan. However, because views expressed are those of staff, it some may interpret them as the views of Purristan. This risk was part of our resistance. Furthermore, by hosting guest writers, their views too may be mistaken as official views of this Ministry. We have chosen to accept these risks and proceed.
If this blog proves effective and successful, we may more quickly achieve our awareness goals. Once done, we may then move beyond the planning stage of Project X and into the earnest production stage. We continue to solicit advice and suggestions on how best to raise awareness, and as this blog shows, we will, when under pressure, accept our fate and do as requested. Though staff will write for this blog, officials will continue working to establish formal diplomatic relations with human nations, provide citizen services to expatriates living in the this world, and continue modifying for a human audience applicable feline political theory.
The Ministry wishes to thank all those who have suggested this endeavor. We hope it proves to be fun, and we further hope that it, in time, highlights very diverse topics and points of view. More updates to follow.
Ministry Press Release: Website Launch
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The Bureau of Human Relations introduces the internet home for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Enlightenment of humanity now officially underway?
A Mew Research Poll shows 72 percent of domestic cats believe that human civilization has "maybe" evolved well enough to achieve political, economic, and cultural utopia, with 58 percent saying it is "worth a try".
MEOWPOLIS, Purristan – Dec. 16, 2014 – Motivated by recent polling and popular request, the long-awaited return of the Great Leader, Chairman Meow, has commenced. Frustrated by the failures they saw all around them, yet also optimistic of the potential of human progress, many Purristanis (known colloquially as "domestic cats") believe their human servants could achieve enlightenment if given the right tools and inspiration from His Eminence, Chairman Meow. These citizens chose to appeal to their benevolent Guiding Light — He who led their republic toward utopia and proven Philosopher King — to return to the temporal world and set about trying to bring enlightenment to the humans. To achieve this mighty and magnanimous goal, the Über-Cat decreed the formation of a temporal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reformed the Felis-Catus Union Party, and appointed Ministry staff to assist in all facets of this endeavor, beginning with a web presence & formal introduction.
This press release serves as introduction, and the web address is WWW.PURRISTAN.COM.
Foreign Minister Mistofolees was quoted as saying "today is a glorious and historic day in human development - we have introduced the greatest and wisest of all to humanity. Through this Ministry we will promote His vision and achieve the most implausible of feats – utopia... for humans." The Minister also expressed the Chairman's desire of the Ministry to establish as physical embassy, "at some point, likely within the United States". He also noted his expectation that the United Nations will soon grant Observer Status to this representative temporal government, and recognize it as a sovereign subject of international human law.
Now that a web presence and the introduction of Purristan is complete, the Ministry will set about establishing formal diplomatic relations with human nations, provide citizen services to expatriates living in the this world, and begin modifying for a human audience applicable feline political theory. In addition, the Propaganda Office and the Technology Office of the Bureau of Human Relations will work, in tandem with select humans, to develop the tools and programs needed to nudge humanity toward utopia. Codenamed Project X, it is currently in the planning stage of development. For more information about Purristan, please inquire or review the website. More updates to follow.
Ministry Press Release: Public Information
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MEOWPOLIS, Purristan – Mar. 26, 2014 – Some humans have inquired as to the exact nature of the Enlightened Republic of Purristan. To help, we wish to offer a conceptual example. The Republic achieved Enlightenment, and when it did so, the entire nation-state crossed over into a perfect dimension. However, many, if not most, Purristani citizens live between both worlds. In this world, we're commonly referred to as "domestic" cats. Often, when we leave your home, or when left to our own devices, we head back to Purristan. It is not uncommon for us to bring socks and other items.
Many Purristanis appealed to the Guiding Light, Chairman Meow, to come back to the temporal world and help lead humanity toward its own Enlightenment. Though He has tried a number of times before to no avail, largely because humanity hasn't been wise enough to accept Him as Leader, He has chosen to make another attempt. He has established the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help manage this effort.
The Enlightened Republic physically lives in another world; however, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs exists here in the human world. For a human analogy, we suggest you read up on the Order of Malta. This is an existing sovereign nation recognized by the United Nations, but it has no geographic "home" here. This may help you understand the distinction between the Enlightened Republic of Purristan itself, and its diplomatic mission, the Temporal Crossover Observer State, as managed by the Purristani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
TIME Magazine 2006 Person of the Year
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MEOWPOLIS, Purristan – Dec. 23, 2006 – TIME Magazine announced its "Person of the Year!" TIME is a weekly news magazine published in New York City, United States. It is a significant and influential publication. Each year, TIME reviews people from all over the world and selects one that it names the Person of the Year. In 2006, that honor was bestowed on Chairman Meow, the Great Leader of Purristanis everywhere.
The magazine quoted Scottish philosopher, Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men." This time, it needed amending: the history of the world is but the biography of great cats! The Guiding Light was accurately described as notable for "bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter" as He led Purristan to utopia.
It noted that "America loves its solitary geniuses" and few could argue that our Philosopher King is indeed the greatest in accomplishment, acumen, imagination, aptitude, and wisdom of all who have ever come before. The Great Leader was extremely honored with this announcement, and was quite humbled that humanity was beginning to appreciate His greatness. The magazine announced its selection as follows, "[F]or seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME's Person of the Year for 2006 is" Chairman Meow!