"The Versailles is a state-of-the-art battleship that greatly enhances our defense capabilities," said Admiral Etienne La Mer. "She will provide strategic support to our defense missions and can assist other minifig countries when needed."
The Versailles will be manned by a crew of four sailors, commanded by Captain Marc Bateau, a longtime veteran of the Lego Republic Navy. The ship is outfitted with the newest radar and navigation technology, as well as advanced weaponry.
The Republic's announcement comes weeks after the PBR's Res-Q command ship took to the seas, and it is believed by analysts to be a response to the Empire of Legoland's and PBR's recent steps to strengthen their military forces.
The introduction of the Versailles has also fueled speculation that the Republic is preparing to take a more active stance in the minifig world, in addition to energizing critics of Bricks's administration. Many LR citizens fear that war or military action could be on the horizon if the government continues to strengthen the military, which has traditionally been used exclusively for defense purposes.
"War is never the answer, and we cannot allow our government to take us along this path," said 2014 Socialist presidential candidate Elizabeth Fancourt. "Instead of spending money on new ships and lining the pockets of munitions manufacturers, we should be strengthening the social safety net and guaranteeing our workers a fair wage."
"Today, peaceful minifigs everywhere are threatened both by terrorists and by illegitimate governments. Al-Medahyin threatens global security, but the Empire of Legoland oppresses its citizens merely for practicing their religions, a basic minifig right," said Bricks.
The president continued to stress that the Versailles would be used only for security and promoting peace.
"I will again repeat our dedication to preserving peace for minifigs everywhere. We will not intervene in the conflict in Legoland, and we will not use the Versailles for any purposes other than protecting our territorial integrity and assisting with peacekeeping operations," Bricks declared.
The president's rhetoric regarding the Empire was noticeably more inflammatory than in recent weeks, when it seemed like Bricksburg had settled into a quiet, albeit uneasy, detente with Davidium. Rumors are swirling in the Republic's capital, however, with whisperings of diplomatic snubs from Legoland Foreign Secretary Fred Deeds as well as accusations of plagiarism and theft of intellectual property against Deeds.