In a brief statement, Minister of the Interior Bernard Ampère laid out several new steps the government will take to reduce the threat of a terrorist attack in the Lego Republic.
"This is a major threat, and we are taking it seriously," said Ampère. "Our approach will consist of several components: fortifying our borders, increasing state security, and introducing travel restrictions."
A spokesfig for the Department of the Interior elaborated on the Minister's comments, saying that border security will be tightened with more agents patrolling both the Republic's land and sea boundaries. In addition, all foreign travelers entering the country will be subject to more screening, especially those from Legoland. Visas for all visitors will be limited to 30 days. Security procedures at airports and border checkpoints will be enhanced as well.
According to the Office of State Security, security forces will be deployed within the country to protect urban areas as well as locations of strategic or cultural importance.
The Department of Foreign Affairs upgraded the threat status to orange (the second-highest level), and it also clarified the government's official stance on the issue.
"The conflict between the Empire of Legoland and Al-Medahyin is a domestic issue; therefore, it is not our place to intervene, and we plan to remain neutral. Our relations with the Empire are cordial but limited, and our attention is focused elsewhere: we are working on our own national issues while mediating an end to the Ancartan conflict," said Foreign Affairs Minister Jane Hanover.
A confidential source within the Department of Foreign Affairs explained the reasoning behind this decision.
"The Lego Republic has had heated relations with Legoland since we entered the international stage, and while tensions have cooled considerably in the succeeding months, our countries can hardly be called friends. Therefore, we have decided to remain a neutral player at this time – the government hopes to avoid conflict and is not willing to endorse Legoland's position, and obviously not Al-Medahyin's," he said.
The Lego Republic's move comes shortly after Al-Medahyin issued a formal threat to the Republic, the PBR, and the Federation of Legopolis. The terrorist organization seeks to destroy the Legoland state due to Emperor David's so-called "ban on God," which was issued in 2007 as part of the ruler's state-building program.
The PBR has taken an aggressive stance against the terrorist group, pledging to work towards the group's destruction while leaving open the possibility of military action; this is part of a recent pattern of PBR expansion of power and influence.
"Lately, the PBR has been willing and eager to flex its political and military muscle,' says political analyst Benjamin Card. "Following a bloody civil war and repeated snubs by Legoland in the past year, the PBR has been taking on a more active role in recent weeks. From quelling internal dissent to unveiling new ships and spy planes, the PBR's leaders have successfully consolidated power and are looking to use that power."
The Federation of Legopolis has not yet issued a formal response to Al-Medahyin's threats.