It has now become general knowledge that the Lego Republic was responsible for the airstrike at Area 42, the PBR military headquarters. The target of the strike was a launchpad equipped to send nuclear weapons into orbit. What many don't know, however, is that the bombing was undertaken by an unmanned drone operated remotely. The LR's drone program has long been rumored but has never been confirmed until now.
The Department of Defense released a brief statement regarding the airstrike:
"We are pleased to report that the Lego Republic's decisive action was a success. Chancellor Brik, desperately clinging to power as his country falls apart, had planned to use this launchpad to send atomic bombs into space, where they could target any location on the globe in a nuclear attack. This existential threat to the minifig world could not be tolerated, so the LR utilized an airstrike to neutralize it. Without this action, the entire world would be at risk of utter annihilation at the hands of Chancellor Brik's military."
"The minifig world is more dangerous now than it has ever been in the past. The PBR has effectively collapsed as warring factions vie for power. The Empire of Legoland is brandishing weapons of mass destruction, including a missile which recently penetrated our airspace and exclusive economic zone in the Legolantic Sea. [editor's note: see here for more information.]
In the midst of this conflict, the Lego Republic has tried to maintain peace, and this will continue to be our ultimate goal. The LR seeks a calm, stable, world free of nuclear weapons and other threats. To this end, we took action last week to prevent Chancellor Brik from launching atomic bombs into orbit. This airstrike was a resounding success and I, along with all of you, am proud of our servicefigs who carried it out. Unfortunately, our sacrifice has been met with further aggression from the PBR. Our transportation infrastructure was recently targeted by artillery fire. While the damage was not extensive, this attack on our homeland cannot go unquestioned. Neither can the Empire of Legoland's violation of our territorial integrity.
It is essential that we take further action to protect our national security and the lives of minifigs around the world. To this end, I am asking you [members of Parliament] to vote for the Military Response and Preparedness Act. This bill would grant me the authority to respond appropriately to further attacks while maintaining the balance of power. The MRPA empowers the president to move military personnel domestically and abroad to carry out missions essential to our national security. After 10 days, an AUMF [editor's note: Authorization of the Use of Military Force] would be needed to continue. The Act also includes several other provisions that strengthen our defenses."
Although not mentioned by Bricks, reporters combing through a leaked copy of the bill discovered several expansions of presidential power, including the following:
- Ability to more freely call airstrikes as the president sees fit
- Power to institute economic sanctions if deemed necessary
- An increased budget for the military and state police force
- Greater liberty to conduct military drills and exercises
The bill enjoys bipartisan support and is expected to pass shortly.