Tensions have risen between the PBR and Lego Republic in recent weeks. Once close allies, the countries' relationship has been sorely tested this year as the PBR has drifted closer to the Federation of Legopolis. President Marie Bricks's administration has reportedly still not forgiven the PBR for intervening in the Ancartan Civil War on behalf of Legopolis – mere weeks after the LR negotiated a peace deal between the Legopolis regime and the Ancartan Independence Movement (AIM).
One of Bricks's priorities this year has been nuclear disarmament, resulting in the landmark nuclear deal reached with the Federation this summer. The agreement included the creation of the Lego International Nuclear Committee to aid in nonproliferation efforts and support peaceful nuclear energy programs. The PBR's refusal to join the supranational organization hampered Bricks's efforts, especially since the island nation is known to have at least one nuclear weapon.
A confidential source in the Bricks Administration revealed that Bricksburg is quickly losing patience with Williams City.
"In diplomatic communications, the PBR continues to insist that its nuclear program is purely peaceful, when we all know that they are producing weapons. Extensive Enterprises is parading centrifuges and rocket machinery around the country, for studs' sake!" the spokesfig
The PBR's two-faced behavior has become a high concern in the LR government and a rallying cry for the minority Conservative Party. In fiery speeches at a party function this week, Conservative MP Pauline Durham blasted Bricks for not going far enough to dismantle the PBR's nuclear program.
"The PBR is an unstable, untrustworthy state and cannot be allowed to maintain nuclear weapons. LINC is a good step forward, but we need to go further – and Bricks has shown that she is unable or unwilling to do so. We will take action against the menace of a nuclear-armed PBR!" said Durham.
The aggressive foreign policy of Conservative hawks in Parliament is beginning to gain traction with the electorate. In a recent poll, 54 percent of LR voters indicated support for stronger action against the PBR, while 49 percent disagreed. In a related poll, 62 percent of citizens responded that their opinion of the PBR has flipped from positive to negative in the past few weeks. With parliamentary elections rapidly approaching this fall, it remains to be seen how Bricks and the Liberal Democrats will respond.